Jayant Damodar Patil
Jayant Damodar Patil (J. D. Patil) is a whole-time Director, and Senior Executive Vice President for L&T’s Defence business. He is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai, having pursued M. Tech (Mechanical Engineering) in 1978. Patil has spearheaded the company’s foray in the Defence sector since the inception of this segment in L&T. His responsibilities and contributions include Conceptualization, Design, Development, Production, System Integration, Qualification & Firing trials, and Through Life Support of ground weapon delivery and Engineering Systems for missile programs.
Over the years, under his leadership, L&T built a portfolio of indigenous, in-house products, systems and technologies both on its own and by teaming up with DRDO and with the Indian Navy, and is today engaged in design-to-delivery of solutions across its chosen Defence segments.
Patil heads the Defence Business at L&T with a focus on Naval Platforms (Submarines & Warships), Naval & Land Weapon Launch & Engineering Systems, Guns, Missiles & Armoured Systems, Radar Systems, Military Communication Systems & Avionics. He also leads the L&T-NxT initiative, recently announced by the company. He also oversees dedicated Technology Development Centers, Design Centers as well as Production Centers for the Defence Sector.
Besides Whole-time Director - Defence Business and member of the Board of Directors of L&T, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of L&T MBDA Missile Systems Limited and L&T Shipbuilding Limited, Chairman of the FICCI Defence & Aerospace Committee, member of the FICCI Steering Comittee & FICCI National Executive Committee. He is a founder member and Vice President of Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers, setup under the aegis of the CII.