Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)
was established in January 1959 at High Grounds, Bangalore.
A large number of aeronautical projects were taken in the 50s and 60s, the important projects being Hovercraft/VTOL and Dart Target. Rapid expansion of R&D activities in ADE took place during the seventies and eighties and due to inadequate space at the High Grounds site to meet the growing needs of the establishment during May 1974, a new site was acquired in HAL II Stage where the Establishment is currently located.
The Establishment has developed core expertise and technologies pertaining to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, Combat Aircraft Systems especially the Flight Control Systems and the Aircraft Simulators. The unmanned aerial vehicles consist of low speed long endurance type and the high speed aircraft which include target aircraft and cruise vehicles.
In the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles major projects were initiated namely the Missile Target ULKA, Mini RPV Kapothaka, Reusable target system Lakshya, Reconnaissance and Surveillance UAV Nishant, Laser guided kits for bombs, cruise vehicles, micro air vehicles, long endurance UAVs Rustom1 and Rustom-H and more recently studies related to unmanned combat aerial vehicles have been initiated.
ADE became a major partner in the Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ program and contributed extensively towards the development of several critical systems/technologies that included:
- The quadruplex redundant digital fly-by-wire flight control system for flight control and stabilization of the aircraft.
- Cockpit display system
- Engineering simulator for evaluation of flying and handling qualities of the aircraft.
- The Mini Bird and Actuator test rig for testing of the flight control system hardware.
- The digital avionics integration rig for testing of avionics systems and software.
Over the last two decades, ADE has become a renowned systems establishment meeting the needs of all three armed forces in the field of military aviation with the in-house development of state-of-the-art systems and technologies.
ADE has been led by the following Directors since its inception:
|Dr OP MEDIRATTA
|WG CDR P GOPALAN
|Shri VIVEK R. SINHA
|AIR CMDE HN KRISHNAMURTHY
|AVM HN KRISHNAMURTHY
|Shri BG PATWARDHAN
|Dr KOTA HARINARAYANA
|Dr KG NARAYANAN
|Shri MD ARAVAMUDHAN
|Shri G ELANGOVAN
|Shri PS KRISHNAN