Manufacturing Creativity


Executive Team

Group Captain E R Rajappan (Retd)

Chairman & Managing Director

Gp Capt ER Rajappan (Retd) is a highly experienced Defence, Aviation, Aerospace, Management and Leadership expert with 33 years of service in IAF and one year experience with United Nations Mission in DR Congo. He was Airport Director of five IAF aerodromes and has vast experience in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of airport, airport infrastructure and radio navigational aids. He is an ex scholar of Centre for Air Power Studies (New Delhi) and is a life member of Aeronautical Society of India. He is also an expert on Airport Emergency & Safety Services and delivers talks on these subjects in India and abroad. ​

He is an avid subscriber of MAKE IN INDIA programme and wants to contribute towards creating indigenous capacity for manufacturing aerospace, aviation and defence components. In order to obtain latest technologies in the aerospace, aviation and defence industries, he plans to collaborate with industry leaders from across the globe. His mission is to make components for Aerospace, Aviation & Defence industries in India with global standards.

Board of Advisors

Air Vice Marshal TN Ajith Kumar (Retd)

Air Vice Marshal TN Ajith Kumar (Retd) is an Aeronautical Engineer with 36 years of experience and had held high ranking position in the IAF. He is an alumni of Defence Service Staff College and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is an expert on Aircraft Systems & Maintenance and has vast experience in - Aerospace Project Planning & Execution, Helicopter Production, Aircraft Maintenance, Supply Chain Management, Global Procurement and Perspective Planning etc.

He has excellent knowledge about Aerospace, Aviation and Defense products manufacturing and maintenance. Presently he provides consultancy and advice to start up companies to help them to incubate and progress.

Gp Capt SK Shah (Retd)

Gp Capt SK Shah is an Electrical Engineer who has dedicated experience in engineering and technical services within Avionics and Aerospace domain in career spanning 23 years mainly in Defence aviation space. He has headed engineering & technical organization of IAF at various levels with strong exposure in MRO/production of Mi-8/17 helicopters and Dornier aircrafts. He is passionate about Quality and has been QA Inspector for the production and indigenisation at a major helicopter Depot of IAF. He was also associated with DRDO for design & development of airborne Radars and with ISRO for development of MEMS based microthruster for Nano-satellites.

He has done M. Tech. in Microelectronics & VLSI Design from IIT Kharagpur and Executive MBA from IIM Bangalore in collaboration with Toulouse Business School France. Knowledge Management (KM) and Learning & Development (L&D) in the field are two important areas of his passion and experience. He has been closely involved in Project Management, Supply chain Management, Strategic planning and vendor development in various capacities. He has been on the core committee for the successful conduct of the International Air Show in Feb 2011.

Sumit Lakhera B Tech, M Des (Domus Academy Milan Italy)

Sumit Lakhera has more than one decade of experience in Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing experience in India, USA, Germany, Italy and China. He is an accomplished Ideator, Designer, 3D Printing Expert, Automation Expert (automotive, aerospace & medical products), Manufacturing Engineering and Process Engineering.

He is proficient in the use of CAD/CAM software and recipient of Ideator of the Year (2018) Mercedes Benz and Runner Up ARPA e-LITECAR Design Challenge (USA), Best Digital Manufacturing project (TATA), presented Future Manufacturing to Dalmer Benz Germany, World’s Top 10 Business Plan and he has participated in several product design challenges in IDEX Defence, Agriculture, Environment and Automotive.