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ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency), is an autonomous Design and Development agency, functioning under the Department of Defence Research &Development, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. ADA is entrusted with the responsibility of Design & Development of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), named as TEJAS. LCA is the smallest, light-weight, all weather, multi-role, air-superiority fighter aircraft designed for air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea combat roles.

The Tejas development programme is in advanced stage, has completed Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) requirements and obtained Final Operation Clearance (FOC) Phase-1. Tejas has completed more than 4400+ flawless flight trials till date and continuing system performance towards reaching Final Operational Clearance (FOC) in its full perspective.

Indian Air Force (IAF), has placed production order on HAL for 40 LCAs and production activity is in progress.

LCA’s other variants include Two-seater LCA-Trainer and LCA-Navy with capability of taking-off from Aircraft Carrier Ship as well as Ship Deck landing capability with Arrestor Hook Recovery System incorporated.

The Naval Version of LCA made its maiden Flight on 27th April 2012. This is a significant Mile Stone in the History of India Aviation, in Designing a Naval variant of a Fighter Aircraft. The Naval Variant successfully completed ski-jump trials from Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at Goa during April 2016 and will continue to fly from SBTF and land with Arrested Hook Recovery System.

ADA has taken up feasibility study project on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and feasibility study report is nearing completion.

ADA has also taken up feasibility study project on Indian Strike Unmanned Vehicle (ISUV) and has already submitted the feasibility Study Report.

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), is the Nodal Agency involved in the design and development of Indian LCA Aircraft along with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), as a principal partner and in coordination with nearly 100 work centres spread across the country.

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Dr. Girish S. Deodhar

Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Dir – ADA

Dr. Girish S. Deodhare was born on October 9, 1963. He did his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering(1984), M.Tech in Controls and Instrumentation(1986) both from IIT Bombay and Ph.D (1990) in Control Theory from University of Waterloo, Canada.

He started his career in DRDO as Scientist in Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore from 1990 till 2007. In March 2007 he joined the Aeronautical Development Agency as Scientist ‘G’. He was elevated to Outstanding Scientist/Sc ‘H’ during July 2012.

He is a Lead Member of the National Control Law (CLAW) team for LCA and is Project Director (CLAW) since 2016. In 2013 he took over as the Technology Director (Integrated Flight Control Systems), ADA and held additional charge of Associate Programme Director (New Programmes and Systems Engineering) from 2015. He is involved in the design and development of flight control systems for the Indian Light Combat Aircraft using both classical and modern control synthesis techniques.

On April 28, 2017 he took over as the Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) and Director, ADA to lead the Tejas (LCA) programme

Awards and Honours:

  • “Distinguished Alumnus Award”, IIT Bombay, 2016.
  • “DRDO Award for Performance Excellence”, 2013 (in a team of 18).
  • “National Aeronautical Prize” awarded by Aeronautical Society of India for contributions to “FBW Control Law for LCA”, 2002 (one among a Team of seven).
  • “Technology Shield” from National Aerospace Laboratories for “Outstanding Achievement in LCA CLAW Design, Certification and Successful Flight Test”, 2001 (as member of National CLAW Team)
  • Marconi International Fellowship’s “Young Scientist Award” for the year 1996
  • INAE “Young Engineers Award” for the year 1996.
  • “DRDO Technological Award” for the year 1994 (with Dr. Amitabh Saraf)


More than 40 publications in peer reviewed International Journals and Conferences.:

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ADA Facilities

ADA has established a number of major facilities like computing system facility, cockpit environment facility, lightning test facility, ASMS, Wind Tunnel testing facility, Iron Bird and LCA Hangar order to make the LCA fly successfully. The new generation glass cockpit of LCA incorporates latest Avionics systems and an effective pilot-vehicle interface. With the increasing use of modern sensitive electronics and also of non-metallic composites, modern aircraft are highly vulnerable to lightning. A Lightning Test Facility helps in achieving the lightning-worthiness of aircraft through well designed experiments. ASMS is an ergonomic verbo-visual interactive training simulator for complex engineering applications. ASMS can also function as “Job Perfomance Simulator” and “Diagnostic Simulator”. The other facilities are Wind Tunnel facility, IRON BIRD, LCA Hangar.