Awards for HAL


A total of 8 Awards are listed.
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Padma Vibhushan
Gp Capt Suranjan Das 3175 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
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Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Pradeep Kumar Tayal 10474 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 21 Apr 83 Announced 26 Jan 85
Details :

Squadron Leader Pradeep Kumar Tayal has been engaged in test flying duties at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited since October, 1977. On the 21st April, 1983, he was faced with hydraulic failure in Ajeet aircraft, which prevented his nose undercarriage from lowering. During his attempts to lower the undercarriage, his engine also got switched off. He displayed great courage and skill in handling this emergency and was able to restart the engine successfully and lower the undercarriage after considerable struggle. This resulted in a safe landing and saving of an aircraft.

Squadron Leader Pradeep Kumar Tayal thus displayed exceptional courage, coolness and presence of mind, expert professionalism and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th March 1985 - No.?? - Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Suresh Haribhav Apte 9735 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 18 May 84 Announced 26 Jan 85
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Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte has been engaged in test flying duties at HAL Bangalore complex since November, 1976. On the 18th May, 1984, Sqn Ldr Apte experienced an engine failure on his HPT-32 prototype aircraft due to fuel supply problems. He was at a height of 1000 feet which was barely sufficient to make a forced landing at the airfield. However, with great skill and cool courage he made a 90 degree turn at 50 ft. altitude and made a perfect landing on the runway.

Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte thus displayed undaunted courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th March 1985 - No.?? - Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Kapil Bhargava 3939 GD(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 01 Nov 61 Announced 15 Aug 61
Details : Squadron Leader Kapil Bhargava, a test pilot of considerable experience, had his training in test flights of the Avro 748 in the United Kingdom and flew over 150 hours on the prototype there. He undertook the first test flight of the Indian built aircraft, fresh from the assembly lines at Kanpur, on 1st November 1960. On its inaugural flight at Palam on 26th November 1961, before a distinguished gathering , he demonstrated the performance and the capabilities of the aircraft. In this task He had shown a high degree of professional skill , knowledge and courage
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Prithi Singh 4480 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 74
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Wing Commander Pirthi Singh was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in April, 1953. He has been on deputation to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore Division since 7th December, 1970 as a test pilot. During this tenure, he has done 669 hours of test flying consisting of prototype and production testing. He has been actively associated with development work on the HF-24 Trainer, Kiran aircraft and larger external fuel tank tests on the Gnat aircraft. He has displayed a high degree of skill and intelligence during the conduct of this very exacting and difficult task. He has also been associated with prototype trials of Boosters for an operational type of aircraft and he successfully carried out the first flight with this device.

Throughout, Wing Commander Pirthi Singh has displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Padmanabha Ashoka 4653 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 74
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Wing Commander Padmanabha Ashoka was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in January 1954. His services were loaned to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in August, 1968. As the Chief Test Pilot of Kanpur Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he carried out all test flying connected with the HS-748 freighter aircraft right from the clearance of prototype to the completion of freighter trials. This involved 40 sorties averaging at 35 to 40 minutes duration each besides 5 hours of initial clearance flying. Without any past flying experience in paratrooping or supply dropping missions, he carried out flying with an extremely high standard of accuracy and completed the task ahead of schedule. During the trials, he also developed flying technique for paratrooping and supply dropping which produced excellent results. He carried out the proto type testing with doors open on both sides for the first time on HS-748 aircraft. Automatic aerial delivery system required flying the aircraft at a nose up altitude for automatic ejection of loads. He carefully analysed the flying requirement and developed a flying technique which produced excellent results in supply dropping exercises.

Throughout, Wing Commander Padmanabha Ashoka displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Brijesh Dhar Jayal 4972 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 74
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Wing Commander Brijesh Dhar Jayal was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in October, 1955. He has been on deputation to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Nasik Division, from the 15th January, 1969 to the 19th April, 1972 and to Bangalore Division from the 20th April, 1972 onwards. Throughout his tenure at Nasik Division, he had exhibited great competence and quality in test flying of MiG 21 aircraft. A total of 606 sorties comprising 424.25 hours of test flying on MiG 21 aircraft were carried out by him which also includes testing of aircraft entirely manufactured in India. During his tenure at Bangalore, he has shown great skill and determination in flight testing of different types of aircraft and has carried out 465.15 hours. He has been associated with the critical phase of development testing including jettisoning of external fuel tanks from Kiran and Gnat aircraft during which he has displayed keen aptitude and high degree of skill. His meticulous planning and very good execution enabled the Sea level trials on the prototype Agricultural aircraft to be completed successfully within a very short time.

Throughout, Wing Commander Brijesh Dhar Jayal displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Vijaya Anant Joshi 7684 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Vijay Anant Joshi was commissioned in the IAF on 28th October 1963. He has held the appointments of Flight Commander of S-22 and MiG-21 Squadrons and has undergone flying courses abroad. He graduated as Production Test Pilot in 1976. Thereafter he was posted as Senior Test Pilot in HAL Nasik Division and he logged over 600 hrs of test flying on all variants of MiG21 aircraft.

During his test flying tenure at HAL, the officer tackled number of grave emergencies with proficiency and skill, thereby managing to execute safe landings. In all these emergencies, Wg Cdr Joshi showed a clear sense of judgment, professional capability and saved valuable aircraft.

For having consistently displayed high professional skill, sustained devotion to duty and exemplary record as a Production Test Pilot, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Vijay Anant Joshi.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

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