Kota Harinarayan, the designer of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is from Berhampur, Odisha. The aircraft is equipped to handle air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles and anti-ship missiles. It can also track the enemy’s craft beyond visual range (BVR) and support army operation across the border.
Harinarayan did his schooling from City High School, Berhampur, and intermediate in science from Khallikote College here before joining the Banaras Hindu University. He joined as vice-chancellor, University of Hyderabad, in 2002 after his retirenment from ADA.
Though he retired from the organisation, he guided the scientists in the development of LCA. The central government honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2002 for his distinguished work in designing the aircraft.
“We have worked for over two decades to design the Tejas. Decades of hard work has finally paid off. I will be happy when it will be utilized by the IAF,” Harinaryan said
“Tejas is superior than any other fighter aircraft that China and Pakistan have. It has been designed with latest technology, most of which are indigenous,”