|Service No & Branch||13606 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 09 Feb 1974||Course: 111 Course||Entry Mode : NDA|
|Service End:||Retired on 30 Nov 2012 Superannuated||Flying Hours : 4000|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|01 Jun 1972 - 31 Dec 1972||Flt Cdt||Elementary Flying School||Bidar||Cadet|
|01 Jan 1973 - 31 May 1973||Flt Cdt||Air Force Academy||Dundigal||Trainee Pilot|
|01 Jun 1973 - 01 Feb 1974||Plt Offr||Fighter Training Wing||Secunderabad||Trainee Pilot|
|01 Mar 1974 - 30 Jun 1974||Plt Offr||Operational Conversion Unit||Jamnagar||Trainee Pilot|
|01 Jul 1974 - 31 Dec 1974||Plt Offr||No.14 Squadron||Kalaikunda||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Jan 1975 - 31 Jul 1975||Plt Offr||No.45 Squadron||Bareilly||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Aug 1975 - 30 Apr 1980||Fg Offr||No.1 Squadron||Adampur||Squadron Pilot|
|01 May 1980 - 31 Dec 1982||Flt Lt||No.35 Squadron||Bareilly||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Nov 1982 - 31 Dec 1984||Flt Lt||Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment||Bangalore||Test Pilot|
|01 Jan 1985 - 01 May 1985||Sqn Ldr||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Instructor Trainee|
|01 Jun 1985 - 31 Dec 1986||Sqn Ldr||Fighter Training Wing||Hakimpet||Flt Cdr/ CFI|
|01 Jan 1987 - 01 May 1988||Sqn Ldr||MiG Operational Flying Training Unit||Tezpur||Flight Commander|
|01 May 1989 - 01 May 1990||Sqn Ldr||No.10 Squadron||Jodhpur||Flight Commander|
|01 Jun 1990 - 31 Jul 1993||Wg Cdr||11 Base Repair Depot||Ojhar||Chief Test Pilot|
|02 Aug 1993 - 16 Jul 1995||Wg Cdr||No.30 Squadron||Tezpur||Commanding Officer|
|01 Aug 1995 - 31 Jan 1997||Gp Capt||Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment||Bangalore||Chief Projects Manager|
|01 Feb 1997 - 09 May 1999||Gp Capt||Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment||Bangalore||Chief Test Pilot|
|10 May 1999 - 27 May 2001||Gp Capt||40 Wing||Maharajpur (Gwalior)||Chief Operations Officer|
|28 May 2001 - 20 Mar 2002||Gp Capt||45 Wing||Sirsa||Station Commander|
|01 Apr 2002 - 01 May 2004||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Principal Director (Air Staff Requirements)|
|01 May 2004 - 01 Mar 2007||Air Cmde||Embassy of India, France||Paris||Air Attache|
|27 Aug 2005 -||No.30 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
|01 Mar 2007 - 31 Mar 2008||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence|
|01 Apr 2008 - 30 Jun 2009||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans|
|01 Jul 2009 - 31 Jul 2011||Air Marshal||Central Air Command||Allahabad||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 Aug 2011 - 30 Nov 2012||Air Marshal||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Simhakutty Varthaman||13606 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1994|
|Details :|| |
Wg Cdr Simhakutty Varthaman was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot and has more than 3000 hours of accident-free fighter flying to his credit.
He is qualified on MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 aircraft. At the BRD, his task included duties of COO and air testing of aircraft produced after manufacture/overhaul/medium repair/ storage by HAL and BRD. He flew 667 accident free sorties amounting to 470 hours. He rendered valuable help in finalizing five major trials and modifications. Ozar complex consisting of HAL and the BRD has been designated as vital area in the Maharashtra Air Defence Sector of South Western Air Command. Three major Air Defence exercises were conducted at this base. During one of the exercises, Guided Weapons Squadrons were inducted for the first time. Wg Cdr Varthaman, with the help of a few technicians and one technical officer, established a Base Air Defence Centre (BADC) from scratch. He also established Operational Readiness Platform and allied communication system for the exercise. Several successful interceptions were carried out during the exercise.
For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr S Varthaman.
|Unit : 11 BRD|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994|
|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Gp Capt||Simhakutty Varthaman||13606 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2002||Announced 26 Jan 2002|
|Details :|| |
Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman VM (13606) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 09 Feb 1974. In 27 years of distinguished service the pilot has flown 26 years, and accumulated 3800 hours of flying on 30 different types of aircraft. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he is an experienced test pilot and a qualified flying instructor. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1993 for distinguished service as a Chief Test Pilot of a large Base Repair Depot. He has commanded a MiG 21 fighter squadron, and was the Chief Test Pilot of the IAF flighttesting centre at Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE), Bangalore. He is now the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Air Force Station Gwalior.
Whilst commanding a MiG-21 fighter squadron in the East his unit achieved the singular distinction of having flown 9500 sorties without a single accident, while ensuring a very high quality training of pilots. As Chief Test Pilot at ASTE he was instrumental in the conduct and execution of crucial aircraft and weapon trials being inducted into the IAF. As the COO, this highly motivated and dynamic officer, coordinated the entire magnitude of operations of Kargil at Gwalior, sustaining an efficient operational environment and high morale of the Mirage fleet to achieve this air victory. In a short span of four months he created the only successful multitarget and multi-directional day/night Airto-Ground Range at Singpur, which gives realistic operational scenario for all types of aircraft in the IAF, thereby enhancing the operational potential of the IAF.
The officer supervised three Air Force level exercises and 12 electronic warfare exercises during the last two years, without compromising flight safety. In recognition of these achievements the air base was awarded the "Best in Operations" of Central Air Command for both the years consecutively under his leadership. With a wide perspective and progressive vision he has co-ordinated the induction of the Tactics And Combat Development Establishment into Gwalior.
For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman.
|Unit : 15 Wing|
|Reference : GoI20020126|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|AVM||Simhakutty Varthaman||13606 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2010||Announced 26 Jan 2010|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Simhakutty Varthaman||13606 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2013||Announced 26 Jan 2013|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|20 May 1977||MiG-21 FL||C-1004||Flt Lt Simhakutty Varthaman||1 Sqn||Engine fire followed|