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Meet 74-year-old Kota Harinarayana who is developing a range of drones

Kota Harinarayana, the man who helped build India's LCA, is building drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles that can be deployed in mission critical activities

Bibhu Ranjan Mishra & Alnoor Peermohamed 

Bibhu Ranjan Mishra & Alnoor Peermohamed

Kota Harinarayana. | Illustration: Binay Sinha He may be 74, but age hasn’t dimmed his maverick spirit. Kota Harinarayana, the man who shaped India’s dream of building its own Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), or Tejas, is busy working on realising one more dream.

Along with a bunch of former colleagues, researchers and young engineers, Harinarayana is building drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles that can be deployed in mission critical activities. Their use will range from aerial surveillance, terrain mapping and spraying of pesticides in fields to more ...

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 07:00 IST