Mr. J D Patil is a Whole-time Director, and Senior Executive Vice President for L&T’s Defence Business & L&T-NxT. He is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai, having pursued M. Tech (Mechanical Engineering) in 1978.
He has a rich, four decade long career in L&T, and has been instrumental in growing the nascent Technology and Product Development Group of L&T’s corporate R&D with a focus on top end inter-disciplinary Product Development.
Mr. Patil spearheaded the company’s foray in the Defence sector since the inception of this segment in L&T; about 15 years ahead of the opening up of Defence Production for participation by Private Companies in 2001 (licensing it in 2002). He led the development efforts for the first orders for weapon delivery systems from DRDO for missiles under IGMDP. His responsibilities & contribution included Conceptualization, Design, Development, Production, System Integration, Qualification & Firing trials, and Through Life Support of ground weapon delivery and Engineering Systems for missile programmes.
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.
Mr. 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 oversees dedicated Technology Development Centers & Design Centers for the Defence Sector, the Prototype Development Center at Powai & at Bengaluru, as well as Defence Production Centers at Talegaon (near Pune), Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Kattupalli, besides specific dedicated centers at L&T’s Powai, Hazira, Chennai and Baroda complexes.
Mr Patil is also responsible for the strategic initiative ‘L&T-NxT’ launched recently by L&T as market offering through use of new age technologies, such as IIoT, digitalization and analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented / Virtual Reality, Geo-spatial applications and Cyber Security leveraging the domain expertise of L&T across diverse Industry segments.
Besides being 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 Committee & 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.
He has been conferred Honorary Fellowship by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and the Project Management Associates (India) and been honoured by IIT Bombay, with the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Diamond Jubilee Year of the Institute.