Group Captain Subhash Chandra Luthra (15105) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned on 25 Jul 1977 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. During his 27 years of service he has held various important appointments including Commanding Officer of a Signal Unit and Senior Engineer (Electronics) of a Premier Transport Flying Station. He has undergone Long Defence Management Course (LDMC). He has been commended by the AOC-in-C and the Chief of Air Staff. Presently, he is posted to a Fighter Base in the Eastern Sector as CEO.
In the first year of service, CAS commended him for bringing up the serviceability of 33 Sqn to its best in 10 years. Under his command 793 SU became "Pride of SWAC", (Runners up) for its development in all the factors. As CEO, he brought in significant improvement in aircraft maintenance standards by providing distinctive thrust on self-help approach and co-ordination of efforts. Under his guidance, Tech Flt effected several innovations and developed expertise in complicated rectification and repairs resulting in reduced dependence on fourth line agencies and higher aircraft availability. These accomplishments include enhancing production to nine aircraft in March 04 to meet time limit due to ramp operations, sustained availability of 19 aircraft for exercise Gauntlet, recovery of five aircraft from prolonged AOG without a mother aircraft, rectification of fuel leaks, cable looms and structural repairs, fabrication of KAPSO Trolley, Ejection Seat stand and Inverter Test bench.
In order to improve aircraft maintenance standards, Gp Capt Luthra standardised the operations of Mechanical and Electronic sections by introducing systematic snag analysis, rectification procedures, component level repair facilities, easy to follow servicing schedules and servicing record books. It is to his credit that CEOs of all stations under Eastern Air Command were directed to visit this Base and implement these procedures and practices at their respective stations. His efforts towards improvement in hydraulic and fuel discipline and streamlining the MT operations deserve a special mention.
For displaying a very high degree of initiative, professionalism and total dedication to service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Subhash Chandra Luthra.