Commodore C.D. Balaji (Retd.) took charge as the Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (A.D.A.) and programme Director of the Light Combat Aircraft (L.C.A.). He succeeded P.S. Subramanyam, a distinguished scientist who superannuated on 30th June 2015. Prior to this appointment, Balaji, an outstanding scientist, was Project Director of the L.C.A’s naval version.