Squadron Leader Samarendra Nath Dasgupta joined an operational base on 11 Nov 79, on completion of his long-term specialised training in the UK on the advanced avionic weapon system of the Jaguar aircraft.
The Jaguar avionics and its testing equipment were introduced as an entirely new generation of technology in the Air Force. The new airborne equipment technology required commensurate sophistication in the servicing and testing facilities to be set up at the station. This task was entrusted to Sqn Ldr Dasgupta who accepted this challenge willingly and planned the installation of the facilities, gathered the required resources in a systematic fashion and executed the entire task with great determination and professional competence. It is through his professional competence, sense of involvement and good leadership that an Electronic Servicing Centre, Reconnaissance Servicing Centre, a Electrical Instrument Servicing Section and a Liquid Oxygen Bay were all set up to handle the servicing requirements of a modern combat aircraft. Apart from setting up these various bays, he even designed and fabricated all the test circuits to meet the local requirements. This he did purely voluntarily to save not only time but also valuable foreign exchange. Simultaneously, Sqn Ldr Dasgupta also ensured that our technical tradesmen were trained to handle the test equipment, since the aircraft were already operating at the base. For his extraordinary professional competence, dedication to duty and commendable leadership, the President is pleased to grant Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Samarendra Nath Dasgupta.