Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards
Asian American Engineer of the Year Award


Mr. Abhay Paranjape
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta
Lockheed Martin Corporation



Abhay Paranjape is a Director for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta.  As the C-130J India Program Manager, he leads the inaugural program in India for Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force. In this role, Abhay manages all aspects of development, production and long term support and sustainment of a Special Operations aircraft capability for the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. In addition to managing the $600M program for Lockheed Martin, Abhay is also responsible for coordinating efforts between other Lockheed Martin business areas for the development of a full motion aircraft simulator, building the base infrastructure at Hindan Air Force Base in India, and training the Indian pilots and maintainers to operate the aircraft.   

Abhay began his career in the aerospace defense industry in 1985 with General Dynamics – Fort Worth, now Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In the past 25 years Abhay has consistently demonstrated an ability to conceptualize, develop and mature advanced technologies for the Aerospace industry.  In the years prior to assuming his present position, he made major contributions to three fighter aircraft programs – F-16, F-22 and F-35. Throughout the nineties, he developed a unique noncooperative identification technique using radars and neural network technology and a new cooperative attack and fire control system concept for multiple manned and unmanned aircraft operating in a high threat environment.  

His responsibilities in Program Management have also involved managing the Australia and Canada Industrial participation programs for the F-35 fighter program. In this role, Abhay was responsible for developing execution plans and reaching agreements on industrial cooperation opportunities for key industrial partners in Australia and Canada. Abhay’s success in developing Industry capability for the F-35 program was recognized on multiple occasions by Australian and Canadian Government leaders.

Abhay received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1982 from the M.S. University of Baroda – India, and in 1985 a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Houston. Abhay is recognized for his technical acumen, program management, business development and industrial expertise, skills that, on two occasions, have earned him the highest Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company employee recognition, the prestigious Aero Star.