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Air Marshal Makarand Ranade

Service No & Branch 18586 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986 Course: 138 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 06 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2011Air Cmde : 17 Jun 2013
AVM : 14 Oct 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
69 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 198555 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2015
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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

19 Jul 2004 - 14 May 2006Wg CdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
23 May 2009 - 30 May 2011Gp CaptEmbassy of India, AfghanistanKabul Air Attache
09 Jun 2011 - 23 Dec 2012Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi DPO-4
04 Jan 2013 - 28 Dec 2014Air Cmde45 WingSirsa Air Officer Commanding
28 Nov 2015 - 07 Jan 2018Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Air Staff Inspection)
08 Jan 2018 - Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
12 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2022AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops Space
01 Jan 2023 - 30 Nov 2023Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Dec 2023 - Air MarshalPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Director General (Inspection & Safety)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrMakarand Ranade18586 F(P)Award Date 06 Apr 2005Announced 26 Jan 2006
Details : Wing Commander Makarand Ranade (18586) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a MiG-21 Squadron since 10 Jul 2001 as the Commanding Officer.On 06 Apr 2005, he was authorised to fly a Practice Interception mission by Dark Night. He got airborne in a Mig-21 Bis aircraft. After take off, at 1. 8 km height, during the right turn towards the exercise area, he experienced booster hydraulic system failure with the pressure rapidly dropping to zero. This resulted in aircraft controls becoming hard and ineffective, making maneuvering of the aircraft difficult. Realising the gravity of the situation, he took prompt actions and decided to execute an immediate overweight landing at base. An overweight, flapless approach and landing in dark night conditions in a MiG 21 aircraft with restricted aircraft control calls not only for precision, skill but also for courage and determination. On approach, the very high nose up altitude completely obscures runway view. The approach is low with less separation from ground and there is no visual contact with ground due to dark night conditions. All these factors combine to make approach and landing a high risk manoeuvre with negligible margin of error. However, Wg Cdr Ranade continued with recovery undeterred and unfazed by the challenge of the situation.Wg Cdr Ranade has handled the emergency in a very competent and commendable manner. He has stayed calm and yet quickly grasped the emergency indications and the need to land without delay. By his sheer presence of mind, prompt actions and commendable flying skill, he has managed to recover the aircraft safely. Post flight inspection revealed that a portion of the rear fuselage had got burnt in flight due in the fire caused by burning of the hydraulic fluid around the heat shield. Any more delay in recovery would have inevitably caused the main hydraulic system to fail, thereby forcing the pilot to eject and consequently resulting in loss of a costly aircraft,For this act of gallantry during an emergency by dark night, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Makarand Ranade.
Unit : 26 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeMakarand Ranade18586 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2020Announced 26 Jan 2020
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