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Expert in DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AND WEAPON TECHNOLOGY

Expert ID: 736710 India

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MSc in Weapon Systems and Defence Studies from Pune and Strategic Studies from Madras University, a thorough professional with over 20 years of cross-functional experience, expertise in Defence Procurement/Start-ups & leadership in Armed Forces. Industry experience in Project Management, Assembly, Integration, and Testing of systems, Business Development / Training, and Sales and Marketing of Defence Products.
 A highly motivated professional with over two decades of experience in raising start-up units, adept at managing personnel and building teamwork for organizational growth.
 Garnered over 17+ years of experience in the Indian Army in Project Monitoring role on Artillery Projects to include testing of hardware/software/accessories and formulation & projection of the requirements of the service to the Development / Procurement Agency.
 As Director, Project Management Organisation, dealing with Capital Procurements for the Indian Army, in the Directorate General of Perspective Planning, processed cases for Acceptance of Necessity and Categorisation, dealing with procedural solutions to ensure Acceptance of Necessity by the Defence Acquisition Council for the capital procurement cases envisaged.
 Have been a part of the critical decision-making process for the selection of appropriate land-based and air-based systems for the Indian Army aligned with the budgetary/financial forecast. After the induction of the systems ensured Engineering Support Package Management & post contract management of projects for a large budget of over Rs 30,000 Crores.

Command, leadership & cross-functional managerial action pertaining to:-
 Strategic Planning and Project Monitoring.
 Development of SQRs, selection of defense equipment based on the requirement of User to include innovations, as per the requirements of the Indian Army.
 Executed the capital procurement cases till the Acceptance of Necessity stage.
 Been part of user trials, contract management, induction, and maintenance functions for newly inducted weapon systems/ equipment.
 Training requirements at all levels and in line with the organizational philosophy to achieve optimum man-machine mix thereby achieving an adequate balance of process organization and people organization.

Working as DGM Special Projects on the prestigious Artillery Gun system, UAV system and Armoured Vehicles upgrade at Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd for over four years, wherein responsible for :
 Project planning, monitoring, and execution based on the budgetary limits and accepted timelines as laid by the customer to ensure good CRM activity.
 Responsible for ensuring correct product development with D&D team by providing the culled user domain knowhow, overseeing of integration of artillery gun systems, and thereafter carry out trials.
 Acceptance testing of the integrated system along with the customer based on the customer laid down processes and procedures.
 Establishment and maintenance of test facilities around the year in Pokharan field firing range to include logistic support while maintaining security during test operations.
 Designed the Engineer Support Package for the weapon system/ equipment, in keeping with the employment philosophy as laid down by the customer and post-contract management tenets.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2016 Degree: MBA Subject: Operations Institution: MDI, Gurgaon
Year: 2005 Degree: MSC Subject: Strategic Studies Institution: Madras University
Year: 2001 Degree: MSc Subject: Weapon Technology Institution: Pune University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: DGM Department: Sales and marketing Responsibilities:  Project planning, monitoring and execution based on the budgetary limits and accepted timelines as laid by the customer to ensure good CRM activity.
 Responsible for ensuring correct product development with D&D team by providing the culled user domain knowhow, overseeing of integration of artillery gun systems and thereafter carryout trials.
 Acceptance testing of the integrated system alongwith the customer based on the customer laid down processes and procedures.
 Establishment and maintenance of test facilities round the year in Pokharan field firing ranges to include logistic support while maintaining security during test operations.
 Designed the Engineer Support Package for the weapon system/ equipment, in keeping with the employment philosophy as laid down by the customer and post contract management tenets.
Years: 1993 to 2016 Employer: Indian Army Title: Colonel Department: Artillery Responsibilities:  Jan 94–Jan 98, as a Manager / Company Leader in the rank of Lieutenant (various leadership roles) relating to execution of operations & event management and orchestration in a newly converted Artillery unit.
 Feb 98 – Jul 99, as a Senior Manager / Senior Operations Manager in the rank of Captain, in Counter Insurgency Operations relating to execution of operations and other operational artillery tasks in near war like difficult situations and areas.
 Aug 99 – Apr 2000, as Senior Manager / Senior Coordinating Officer/Adjutant, in the rank of Captain relating to planning and coordination of operations and other operational task in peace area.
 Apr 2000 – May 2001 undergone training as Senior Manager / Senior Coordinating Officer/ Battery Commander, in the rank of Captain for MSc (Tech) Weapon Systems by undergoing Long Gunnery Staff Course from Pune University relating to training on Artillery weapon systems to include Rockets & Missiles, UAVs and their employment and deployment for operational task in war and near war scenario.
 Jun 2001 – Sep 03, at School of Artillery Deolali, as a Senior Operations Manager & Instructor in the rank of Captain and Major to impart training to Officers, JCOs and soldiers of the Indian Army and friendly foreign countries on Artillery Weapon Systems to include Rockets & Missiles, UAVs and their employment and deployment for operational task in war and near war scenario.
 Oct 03 – May 04, as a Senior Manager / Chief Coordinator /Event Manager/Adjutant in the rank of Major in Counter Insurgency Operations & other fields / tasks in high altitude area in Kargil relating to planning, coordination and execution of operations and other operational Artillery task in High Altitude Area in near war like scenario.
 Jun 04 – Apr 05, undergone training as Senior Manager / Senior Coordinating Officer/ Battalion Commander, in the rank of Major for MSc (Tech) Strategic Studies by undergoing Defence Services Staff Course from Madras University relating to training on employment and deployment of a battalion for operational task in war and near war scenario, nationally and internationally and the various staff functions related to coordination and planning at the highest level.
 Jul 05 – Jun 06 as a General Manager/General Staff Officer (Grade-1)/ Advisor / Chief Coordinator in the rank of Major in Counter Terrorist operations in field in J&K, relating to staff functions for planning, coordination and supervision of employment and deployment of over 5000 personnel and weapon systems for operational task in insurgency scenario.
 Aug 06 – Mar 07, undergone training at Artillery Academy, St Petersburg (Russia) in employment, deployment and technical features of Multi Rocket Launch System (SMERCH).
 Apr 07 – Mar 08, raised a new sub unit after having undergone training at Artillery Academy, St Petersburg (Russia) to make them operationally fit for employment and deployment of Multi Rocket Launch System (SMERCH) for operational task in war and near war scenario.
 Apr 08 – Dec 09, as a General Manager /Second in Command/ Deputy to the Chief Operations Officer/ CEO in the rank of Lt Colonel, in a newly converted unit, like a start-up relating to imparting training to the battalion to make it operationally fit for employment and deployment for operational tasks in war and near war scenario.
 Jan 10 – Feb 12, as CEO / Commanding Officer / Chief Operations Officer in the rank of Colonel, commanding a SMERCH Rocket Regiment of over 540 men and equipment worth 3000 Cr relating to leading the battalion in war and near war scenario and to prepare the unit for the same by ensuring fitness in all aspects of operational training, administration, logistical self-sufficiency, man management and HR practices, equipment management and welfare activities.
 Mar 12 – Mar 15, Director/VP / CTO / Project Manager / CEO in a Project Management Organisation dealing with capital procurements for the Indian Army, Directorate General of Perspective Planning, AoN and Categorisation as Director dealing with procedural solutions to ensure Acceptance of Necessity by the Defence Acquisition Council for the capital procurement cases envisaged.
 Been a part of decision making process for selection of appropriate systems for the Indian Army, aligned with the budgetory / financial forecast, and after induction of the system ensured Engineering Support Package Management & post contract management of projects, with a large budget of over 30,000Crores in the rank of CEO / Colonel.
 Apr 15 – Sep 16, as Principal Staff Officer to Chairperson on formulation and execution of policies relating to aspects of administration, legal, discipline, financial management, man management, welfare, career management and organisational culture for an organisation size of over 20,000 personnel.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
 Certificate in Weapon Systems in 1994, from Pune University, with First Class First.(Silver Gun Winner).
 Diploma in Weapon Systems in 1998,from Pune University, with Distinction with First Class First. (Gorthi Memorial Trophy Winner).
 Diploma in Junior Level Defence Management from DAVV, Indore in 2004, with 1stDivision.
 Diploma in Senior Level Defence Management (Senior Command) from DAVV, Indore in 2009, with 1stDivision.
 Certificate in Financial Planning and Defense Procurements in 2012, from CDM, Secunderabad.

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