India designed several aircraft with latest technologies, including unmanned aircraft in the recent past and a sea of change is taking place in civil aviation, according to eminent aeronautical engineer Kota Harinarayana.

Delivering the eighth memorial lecture of Jandhyala Dakshina Murthi Memorial Trust (JDMMT) at Siddhartha Academy Auditorium, here on Saturday, Mr. Harinarayana explained in detail India’s achievements in aviation technology.

Stating that there is a direct relation between the wealth of the nation, its defence strength and the dominance in aerospace technologies, the scientist observed that USA, France, Germany and UK were good examples where aerospace leadership resulted in high quality of life.

For instance, 80 per cent of its exports are aerospace products in the US, and 70 per cent of the passenger aircrafts operated across the world, are produced in the US. In India, a string of aerospace laboratories and academic institutions got strengthened the aeronautical technology with the establishment of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, at Bangalore. Fortunately, there is a resurgence of design and development activities in military field, he said.

If these developments are properly guided, India can catapult to a dominant position in the comity of nations, Mr. Harinarayana opined. Aircrafts including, jet trainer, light helicopter, light combat aircraft, hypersonic test vehicles are some of the latest vehicles designed in India, he said.

The JDMMT trustee M. Subramanyam, Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu and others participated.

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