Air Commodore Harish Nayani (Retd) is a Vayu Sena Medal awardee from the 131st Pilots Course and Kilo Squadron - NDA.
He is a former LCA Test Pilot who spent many years with the Tejas program during its formative years and was the first Test Pilot to Fire the R-73 Missile from the Tejas PV-1 in 2007. He also undertook the first flight of the Tejas PV-3.
He has also flown the MiG-21 Bison aircraft extensively and was the Commanding Officer of a Frontline fighter Squadron. He took over command of the Squadron at a critical juncture when the squadron was in the process of inducting the Bison aircraft. Air Cmde Nayani also piloted the MiG-21 trainer variant in which Defence Minister Shri. George Fernandes made his historic maiden sortie in 2003.