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Engineer Management

Bengaluru, KA, 560001, India
February 29, 2016

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Aeronautical Engineer (Avionics) & Flight Test Engineer


Contact: +91-827******* 097********

Senior Management Professional – Indian Airforce (Flight Testing & Instrumentation)

R&D and Technical Management Program Management System Engineering

Characterized as a visionary and strategist with excellence in aircraft systems engineering, analysis, design, integration, evaluation & flight testing with hands-on experience in program management, R&D implementation, technology incubation and capacity development with focus on operational efficiency

Profile Summary

~ Aircraft & Systems Engineering ~ Research & Development ~ Technical Management

~ Program Management ~ Change Management ~ Cross-functional Coordination

~ Flight Testing & Evaluation ~ Stakeholder/Risk Management ~Technical Training

~ RFIs/RFPs & Bid Evaluation ~ Defence Procurement & offset Contracts ~ Flying experience on military ac

A result-oriented professional offering more than 26 years of a successful career in aerospace domain with diverse roles distinguished by commended performance in managing the complete life cycle of aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, techno-commercial operations, cost optimization, resource management & evaluation

Excellence in aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, evaluation and flight testing in the Indian Air Force (IAF)

Proven track record of coordinating project schedules and execution with technical teams to ensure timely and quality deliveries

Skilled in managing multiple state-of-the-art projects on system design and capability enhancement, involving preparation of proposals, issue of RFIs/RFPs, bid evaluation, system engineering, software/hardware design implementation, evaluation and product delivery

Key role in controlling and managing IAF program on Network Centric Warfare in collaboration with researchers & developers using design & development of state-of-the-art tactical data link from its conceptual stage to delivery.

Expert in conducting classroom and online user training sessions, developing excellent relationships with key business stakeholders, customizing aircraft engineering applications while ensuring timely allocation of appropriate manpower for various engineering projects

A strategist & implementer with recognized proficiency in accomplishing corporate plans and goals successfully

Organisational Experience

Since Sep’88 Indian Air Force (IAF)

Growth Path:

Sep’88 – Jun’03 Commanding Officer and Communication Systems Engineer in IAF

Jun’03 – Nov’09 Flight Test Engineer with specialization in Avionics and Instrumentation systems in IAF

Nov’09 – Dec’11 Program Manager & Flight Test Engineer as Joint Director at Air HQs (IAF)

Dec’11- Dec’13 Flight Test Engineer (Avionics) for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Program

Dec’13 – Dec’14 Senior Technical Instructor, Engineering Faculty and Directing Staff at Air Force Technical College

Key Result Areas

Worked as flight test engineer and avionics system specialist on LCA at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore (India).

Spearheading aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, and evaluation in the IAF

Leading and managing project activities as program manager, directing all aspects like identifying & analyzing customer requirements, system definition, mapping requirement specifications, R&D implementation, certification, ground validation and flight testing of airborne systems

Defining system acceptance procedures, configuration, change management, risk identification & mitigation, status reporting, report generation and advising stakeholders

Working on design tools like Matlab-Simulink, LabView, C/C++, Java, data acquisition, test benches, instrumentation sensors and hardware/man-in-loop simulation

Leading domain related activities like flight management, aircraft avionics, engines, weapons, radars, onboard sensors, cockpit systems, warnings & displays, besides defining and implementing associated crew/pilot vehicle interfaces

Conducting the staff training at Air Force Test Pilots School & Air Force Technical College; mentoring pilots & engineers

Executed a number of concurrently running complex aviation projects like aerostats, integration of software defined radio, identification friend or foe, flight test instrumentation and telemetry systems on multiple types of aircraft

Commanded multiple IAF units while administering a team of more than 60 members encompassing variety of skill levels and cross-functional disciplines

Possess more than 100 hours of flying on military aircraft (fixed wing fighters, transports and rotary wing helicopters).


Identified, focused and managed competing needs and dependencies in mission critical environments like Kargil Operations & LCA operationalization

Developed various Flight Test Instrumentation packages for aircraft like Jaguar, Su-30, Mig-21, Kiran, Hawk, HS-748, Mi-17, Mi-8, Chetak and Cheetah using airborne sensors, data acquisition, telemetry, and analysis applications

Collaborated with Indian & Global Technical Teams like DRDO, CEMILAC, HAL, NAL, BEL, IAI, Rafael, Elbit, Thales, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon on major projects such as:

oDesign, Development, Integration and flight testing of Network Centric Warfare based data-link network on an integrated ground and airborne grid involving two ground based nodes and eight airborne nodes comprising aircraft like HS-748, IL-76 based AWACS, Mi-8, ALH and Su-30 MKI.

oDesign, development and integration of Software Defined Radio on airborne and land based platforms.

oProcurement and customization of ground tethered Aerostat systems for IAF.

oProcurement, customization and integration of airborne and surface based Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for Indian tri-services.

Spearheaded multiple state-of-the-art projects on system design & capability enhancement through concept initiation, proposal preparation, RFIs/RFPs, bid management, system engineering, design implementation and evaluation

Controlled and managed project based IAF budgets at Air HQs and Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).

Collaborated with academia, R&D labs, peer industry and government authorities for knowledge sharing on emerging technologies, trends & solutions through workshops & demonstrations, conferences and symposiums

Adept in preparing proposals, conducting feasibility study, cost & time estimation, designing, prototyping, customer demonstration, project reviews and certification

Academic Details

M.Tech. (Advanced Level Course in Computer Science) from Institution of Electronics & Communications Engineers, New Delhi in 2002

PG in Modeling & Simulation from Defence Institute of Armament Technology, Pune in 1998

B.Tech. (Aeronautical Engineering - Avionics) from Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi in 1988


Graduate (Experimental Flight Test Engineer) from Air Force Test Pilots School at ASTE, Bangalore in 2004

IAF Course of specialization in Communication Systems and Computer Aided Measurements

Aeronautical Engineering Course (Electronics) from Air Force Technical College, Bangalore


Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt Certification) from MSME, New Delhi

Specialization in Satellite Communications from Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore

Specialization in Satellite Based Wide Area Networking from Hughes Escorts Communications Limited, New Delhi

IT SKILLS: Matlab-Simulink, LabView, C/C++/Java and MS Office

Professional Affiliations

Associate Member of Aeronautical Society, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers and Project Management Institute

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 15th August 1967

Languages known: Hindi, English & French (A1)

Present Address: 47, Tirumala Nagar, Akshay Nagar Main Rd, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560064

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