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Air Commodore Desika Thatham Rajagopalan

Service No & Branch 8895 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 05 Oct 1964 Course: 29 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1996
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 22 Oct 1988Air Cmde : 03 Apr 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 LDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 1991
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrDesika Thatham Rajagopalan8895 AE(L)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Wing Commander Desika Thatham Rajagopalan was commissioned in the Air Force on 5 Oct, 64. An M Tech from IIT Delhi, he specialized in Control Engineering and Instrumentation. The appointments held by him include Assistant Direct of Air Staff Inspection, Flight Test Engineer, Instructor at Ground Training School and Assistant Director Air Staff Requirements. In each one of these appointments he distinguished himself by achieving much beyond normal expectations.

As Assistant Director of Air Staff Requirement he was assigned the task of looking after all projects relating to electronic and electro-optical systems and various simulator projects. He has, during his tenure in the Directorate, handled over 25 complex projects which required has full involvement in some of the developmental work.

Electronic and electro-optical systems are highly sophisticated and complex in nature. There has been rapid improvement in technology which demands continuous updating of knowledge. Wg Cdr Raja gopalan has made the utmost effort to keep himself abreast of the developments in the field and has been able to study various proposals for electronic and electro optical systems with a very critical eye and prepare exhaustive and thorough reports and briefs which helped a great deal in make decisions at higher level.

For his devotion to duty of a very high order and outstanding performance, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Desika Thatham Rajagopalan.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI19840126
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