Sqn Ldr Jagdish Chandra has been in the Directorate of Eng J&M as AD Eng J&M (T) (Mirage-2000) Avionics since Aug 90.
During Dec 90, one Mirage-2000 had a serious incident of multiple degree failures on its Fly By Wire system. Sqn Ldr Chandra carried out an indepth analysis of the incident and clearly brought out need to carry out certain refinements in the system. The manufacturers agreed to undertake modifications at no cost to IAF. As a result, besides higher reliability and improved flight safety, a sum of appx Rs. 1.0 crore was saved.
Sqn Ldr Chandra in a professional manner explored the feasibility of indigenous overhaul of emergency oxygen components of Mirage aircraft which were hitherto sent abroad for repair/overhaul with long lead time.
He was also actively associated with the task of setting up of indigenous PCB repair facilities for avionics systems. He took this challenging task, which is a totally new area for IAF with utmost zeal. With the active progression of PCR repair facility at HAL (Korwa), seven types of Mirage PCBs can now be repaired indigenously. The indigenisation resulted in huge savings to the Air Force.
For his professionalism, devotion to duty, hard work and innovative approach, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Jagdish Chandra.