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Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury

Service No & Branch 17335 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Dec 1983 Course: 132 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2021 Superannuated Nick Name : D Chow
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : 5000+ Sorties on Fighters. D(ops) on MiG-21 Bison even as Air Mshl
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 22 Dec 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 17 Mar 2007Acting Air Cmde : 01 Aug 2011
Air Cmde : 30 Dec 2010AVM : 01 Dec 2014Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
63 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1982
Badges Qualified
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Air Mshl
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

09 Jan 1984 - 01 Jul 1984Plt OffrFighter Training WingHakimpet Trainee Pilot
02 Jul 1984 - 30 Jun 1985Plt OffrNo.28 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1985 - 03 Sep 1989Fg OffrNo.15 SquadronBhuj Squadron Pilot
04 Sep 1989 - 11 Jul 1993Flt LtNo.28 Squadron Squadron Pilot
12 Jul 1993 - 11 Jun 1995Sqn LdrNo.32 Squadron Squadron Pilot
12 Jun 1995 - 07 Jan 1997Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
08 Jan 1997 - 16 Apr 1997Sqn LdrRussia SU-30 Conversion
05 May 1997 - 08 Nov 1998Sqn LdrNo.24 Squadron Flight Commander
09 Nov 1998 - 30 Jan 2000Sqn LdrEastern Air CommandShillong 
31 Jan 2000 - 14 May 2000Sqn Ldr35 WingSuratgarh SFSO
15 May 2000 - 29 Sep 2002Wg Cdr35 WingSuratgarh Chief Operations Officer
30 Sep 2002 - 27 Jun 2004Wg CdrNo.15 Squadron Commanding Officer
28 Jun 2004 - 19 Nov 2006Wg CdrDASIAirHQ Flying Inspector
20 Nov 2006 - 04 Jan 2009Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentGwalior Commandant
05 Jan 2009 - 24 Mar 2010Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Joint Planning)
25 Mar 2010 - 25 Apr 2010Gp Capt35 WingSuratgarh Station Commander
26 Apr 2010 - 25 Aug 2010Air Cmde35 WingSuratgarh Air Officer Commanding
12 Sep 2010 - 31 Jul 2011Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
05 Sep 2011 - 18 Feb 2013Air Cmde1 WingSrinagar Air Officer Commanding
04 Mar 2013 - 02 Nov 2014Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
17 Nov 2014 - 05 Jul 2015AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Defence Commander
06 Jul 2015 - 28 Feb 2017AVMComposite Battle Response and Analysis GroupGwalior Air Officer Commanding
23 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2018AVM2 Air Defence Control CentreGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding
01 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
25 Jul 2016 - 30 Nov 2021Tactics and Combat Development Establishment Commodore Commandant
01 Apr 2019 - 15 Dec 2019Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
16 Dec 2019 - 30 Nov 2021Air MarshalNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptDiptendu Choudhury17335 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Group Captain Diptendu Choudhury (17335) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 22 Dec 83 and has been on the posted strength of the Dte of Air staff Inspection wef 26 Jun 04. The officer has approximately 3000 hours of active fighter flying and is current with 'Master Green' rating on MiG-21 (T-75 & 96), MiG-29 and SU-30 aircraft. He has commanded a fighter squadron, worked as staff at TACDE and had been the Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base prior to being posted as Joint Director Flying at the Dte of Air Staff Inspection.

The officer has immensely contributed towards making the IAF more effective. His thought provoking service papers on Review of Op Employment of SU-30 aircraft, Op Capability of MiG-29 aircraft, Imperatives of Future Fighter Operations and Rebasing Concept have been well appreciated at all levels. The officer has also put in dedicated work towards revising inspection procedures, improvement in inspection pattern, interactive visits to Air/Command HQ and DG's review during AF Commanders' Conference.

An extremely hard working and sincere officer who has been professionally well groomed as a fighter pilot. The officer had to shoulder the responsibility as a Director for almost a year and was therefore, in the centre stage during all inspections. Single-handed he planned and co-ordinated the conduct of 'Best Combat Unit' competition of Fighter Sqns in the most professional manner and has been the active member of the Flying Team while inspecting Wings and Sqns. The vast and varied flying experience of the officer would be a dream for any Air Defence pilot, yet his unassuming but firm display of professional attributes is a true reflection of a thorough bred professional. The Director General Staff Instructions was last revised in the year 1999. The officer took it upon himself to undertake the mammoth task of its revision and re-issue. The list of contributions made by the officer for improvement in work efficiency and operational thinking to make the IAF more effective is never ending.

For his outstanding professional competence, extreme dedication and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Diptendu Choudhury.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20070126
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air CmdeDiptendu Choudhury17335 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
Details : Air Commodore Deptendu Choudhury, VSM (17335) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the fighter stream on 22 Dec 83. He has held the appointment of Chief Operations Officer of a Flying Station, Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron, Director (Flying) in Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, Commandant of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Director of Operational Planning and Assessment Group at Air Headquarters. During his tenure at TACDE, a record number of courses were conducted with a total of 5100 sorties and over 4000 hours of accident free flying on a variety of fighters, transports and helicopter aircrafts. He introduced Exercise - Rakshak for Helicopter Combat Leader courses and expanded Exercise Akraman by integrating transport aircraft of the Transport Combat Leader course, helicopters of HOEC course and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Under his command TACDE, produced a large number of tactical concepts and solutions, combat manuals and standard operating procedures (SOP) on operations. He also introduced the air defence simulator and Aggressor Cell at TACDE for operations training and development. He is Fully Operational and Master Green rated on all MiG-21, MiG-27, Su-30K and Su-MKI aircraft with over 3200 hours of total flying which included over 4500 sorties on fighter aircraft. The officer has the unique distinction of having successfully led three international flying exercise. He was the Director of Garuda 07 the Indo-French flying exercise in India. Thereafter he led the largest Indian Air Force (IAF)contingent for six weeks to United States of America for the prestigious multi nation exercise 'Red Rag'. On the way back from United States of America, he also led the team for exercise 'Desert Eagle' in United Arab Emirates. His meticulous planning, realistic work up training and hands on leadership ensured the IAF contingent for exceptional performance in all the exercises. During his tenure at Air Headquarters from 05 January 2009 to 24 March 2010, the officers was actively involved in the creation of the Directorate of Operational Planning and Assessment Group. As the Director, he was responsible for strategic and operational planning as well as revision of the IAF Operations Instructions. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Deptendu Choudhury, VSM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMDiptendu Choudhury17335 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalDiptendu Choudhury17335 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2022Announced 26 Jan 2022
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