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Air Marshal Pramod Vasant Athawale

Service No & Branch 13472 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 02 Jul 1973 Course: 4 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2011 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1993Gp Capt : 03 Feb 1997Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2004AVM : 03 Oct 2006
Air Marshal : 01 Dec 2007C-in-C : 01 Apr 2009
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

27 Jan 1992 - 19 Nov 1995Wg CdrSoftware Development InstituteDelhi Commandant
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Ground Electronics)
03 Oct 2006 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Signal & IT
01 Dec 2007 - 31 Mar 2009Air MarshalMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
01 Apr 2009 - 31 Aug 2011Air MarshalMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrPramod Vasant Athawale13472 AE(L)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Wing Commander PV Athawale was commissioned as an Engineer on 02 Jul 73. He is Flight Signaller and has served at Western Air Command Computer Centre.

The officer creditably discharged the responsibility as the first Commanding Officer of the Software Development Institute (SDI) since its Phase 1 inception in Jan 92. He undertook the initial setting up of the Institute, including professional direction in the acquisition of assets for software development, training of officers and airmen and successfully accomplishing Air HQ tasks for software development and upgrade with a handful of personnel. The significant achievements of the nascent Institute are chiefly due to the single minded dedication, long hours of work and professional leadership of the officer. The gains accrued by way of savings in cost and operational capability, from these achievements, are of significant measure and importance to Air Force.

The Officer was also the architect in planning the growth of the Institute from Phase 1 to the present Phase 2 in Nov 95, in order to meet the enhanced challenges in the field of software engineering being undertaken by SDI. Presently Wg Cdr Athawale as the Chief Software Engineer, is directing and guiding many on-line projects tasked by the Air HQ.

For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr PV Athawale.

Unit : SDI
Reference : GoI19970126
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPramod Vasant Athawale13472 AELAward Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Pramod Vasant Athawale VSM (13472) AE (L) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch of IAF on 02 Jul 73. Over the years he has distinguished himself with significant contribution in a wide variety of assignments like Aircraft & Systems maintenance and flight testing, Software development and project management. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1997.

The Air Officer has been one of the pioneers of software initiative in the IAF. From 1992 to 96, as the first Commanding Officer of Software Development Institute, he undertook a variety of software projects and laid a sound foundation for the in-house avionics software capability in IAF. During 2002-03, as the Chief Engineering Officer of the largest MiG-21 operating base, the officer brought in quiet assurance to the maintenance activity on the base. He streamlined processes bringing up execution and management synergy from a large group of maintenance personnel to improve safety and reliability with enhanced operational productivity.

As Principal Director Ground Electronics at Air HQ, the officer managed the largest set of Systems inventories. He put in exceptional efforts to progress various schemes especially worthy of mention are commissioning of ARSR, SRE and PAR radars; maintenance facilities for EW equipment and repair and overhaul of ST-68 radars.

Air Vice Marshal to his credit has had successful management of vital projects. During 1998-99, as Project Director, he steered the delayed 'Low Level Radar Networking' project to culmination and operationalised the system. More recently in 200506, as the Principal Director of Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) project he has guided the team, during design and prototyping phase through exceptionally sincere efforts, and placed the project on the envisaged roadmap. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Sigs & IT), currently he steers the challenging Networking and IT projects, besides overseeing the operational aspects of Communications and IT for the whole IAF.

Air Vice Marshal Pramod Vasant Athawale VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20080126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPramod Vasant Athawale13472 AELAward Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : MC
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