|Service No & Branch||22739 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: 08 Mar 1972||Commissioned: 18 Dec 1993||Course: 152 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 28 May 1999|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Flt Lt||Subramaniam Mulihan||22739 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 15 Aug 1999|
|Details :|| |
Flight Lieutenant Subramaniam Muhilan (22739-A) Flying (Pilot) was on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 15 Feb 98.
On 28 May 99, Flt Lt Muhilan was tasked to fly a live strike against enemy positions at point 5140, located at an inhospitable altitude of 5.1 Kms. While undertaking the mission, Flt Lt Muhilan was fully aware that the area was infested with missiles and that the only counter measure against the missile was not fitted on his helicopter. Realising the importance of the mission, Flt Lt Muhilan boldly accepted the challenge and with total disregard to personal safety went ahead with the strike. Having successfully pressed home the attack, during the break away, Flt Lt Muhilan's helicopter was hit by a Stinger Missile. Despite Flt Lt Muhilan's best effort to control the damaged helicopter, it crashed killing Flt Lt Muhilan and all his crew members.
Displaying a very high level of professional competence and courage, Flt Lt. Muhilan had already undertaken three strike missions in the treacherous terrain of the Dras sub sector. These missions achieved astounding success and were the key to subsequent easy recapture by the ground forces. In his action, Flt Lt Muhilan displayed exceptional courage and acted in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
For this act of exceptional gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Subramaniam Muhilan, Posthumous.
|Unit : 152 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|28 May 1999||Mil Mi-17||Flt Lt Subramaniam Mulihan +|
Sqn Ldr Rajiv Pundir +
|152 HU||SD by Pak Army Sting|