Dr. CG Balaji has taken over as Director, Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad on 1st January 2015. He joined the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in September 1981 and later was at Research Centre Imarat (RCI) since its inception. He moved over to DLRL as an Associate Director in April 2013.
He had been associated with the development, testing and production of the Command Guidance Units for projects TRISHUL and AKASH. He led a team of scientists towards the development of a scheme for Command Guidance which overcomes the RF radiation losses due to the plume of the missile and ensured a radio link without breaks. He conceived and implemented methods for testing the Command Guidance System and the Radio Proximity Fuze in the field.
As a Technology Director (Flight Instrumentation) at Research Centre Imarat, he was responsible for the design, development, production and tests of the telemetry, transponder and telecommands systems of all missile systems developed in the missile complex. He also led a team towards the development of secure data link systems.
As Technology Director (RF systems) at Research Centre Imarat he worked towards the flight testing and development of seekers in the RF and MMW bands. He conceived and established the Radar Seeker Test Facility and the Tower Top Test Facility for evaluating Radar Seekers and RF systems.
He has published a number of papers and applied for patents. He is a senior member of the IEEE, Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), member of the Aeronautical Society of Engineers and Association of Old Crows.