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Air Commodore Ratish Kumar

Service No & Branch 23513 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Jun 1995 Course: 155 Course
Service End: Flying Hours : 5000 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A
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Aircraft Flown: MiG-21, Su-30, Kiran, HPT-32
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jun 1996Wg Cdr : 17 Jun 2008Acting Gp Capt : 01 Mar 2016Gp Capt : 01 Feb 2016
Badges Qualified
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtRatish Kumar23513 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 108 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India No.28 - Pres/2000 dated 11th March 2000
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptRatish Kumar23513 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
Details : Group Captain Ratish Kumar (23513) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in flying branch on 17 Jun 1995. The officer is presently commanding a premier Sukhoi-30MKI Squadron since 15 October 2012. A Cat 'f! Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner and an Air Force Examiner, he is fully operational on Sukhoi-30 and MiG-21 ac with over 4600 hrs of accident-free flying. He was decorated with 'Mention-in-Despatches' for flying 19 live missions (Guns! Rockets/Bombs) during the 1999 Kargil Conflict. He was commended by UN Force Commander (Sudan) in 2007 for planning and executing a rescue mission which saved lives of 367 UN Staff and Civilians. During Specialist Weapons Camp in 2010, he achieved an air-air kill by chasing and shooting down an unguided missile. On assuming command, the officer has led from the front and has displayed extraordinary initiative in standardizing and multi-tasking the training process which resulted in a qualitative and quantitative jump in the operational capability. With same resources, the Squadron has flown 4500 accident-free hours (20% monthly increase) and trained 51 pilots in the current year. Some of the initiatives as CO include planning a fine mix of AST/OST embedded with WSO syllabus (to sharpen the combat" skills of pilots), 75% increase in simulator flying, 25% increase in night flying, flying a record 436 hrs in a month, formulating Anti-SAGW Manoeuvres, CMDS SOP, etc. While according the highest priority to the operational readiness, he has been a source of inspirational leadership for elevating the morale and welfare of the airwarriors. Under his command, the Squadron was adjudged the 'Best Fighter Sqn' and won the 'Best Day and Night Bombing Team' trophies in Eklavya. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Ratish Kumar.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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