Wing Commander Naresh Kumar Kapila (13638) Adm/FC has been on the posted strength of Dte of Ops (AD) Air HQ since May 97. The Officer is a Cat A Fighter Controller and a graduate of DSSC Wellington. The officer has been very actively involved in development, integration, evaluation and operationalisation of various Air Defence operation systems during the last two decades. He has made highly significant and vital contributions to automation of our AD environment. The officer has successfully developed and proved three AD operational software packages of Automatic Data Handling System, which are in operational use in the IAF.
With his vast experience as Controller and his involvement in the development of computerised air defence systems the officer was specially posted to Low Level Radar Networking Group (LRNG) in 1992. In spite of being the only Fighter Controller for most of the period in the project, Wg Cdr Kapila carried out all operational activities of the project admirably and with utmost dedica tion. The first auto CRC has been a pioneering project as a concept in conduct of integrated opera tions in the IAF. The officer has also been involved in evaluation and induction of INDRA-I and INDRA-II Radars in the Air Force. His critical analysis and concrete sug gestions resulted in a number of improvements in the radar design by LRDE. The officer's contribution in this regard has been the appreciation placed on record by Director LRDE.
During the last two years, the officer was involved in induction of new Radars and Data Handling Systems and his vast knowledge in this field contributed to crystallisation of the AD philosophy. The officer has worked extremely hard to meet deadlines for drawing up a number of operational requirements for induction of futuristic systems such as Low Level Transportable Radar (LLTRs), AEROSTATS and AWACS-I.
For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Naresh Kumar Kapila.