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Group Captain Punnoly Iruppattil Muralidharan

Service No & Branch 13579 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 09 Feb 1974 Course: 111 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2005 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Gp Capt : 16 Sep 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197243 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 07 May 198827 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 30 Nov 1985
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

11 Jan 1993 - 20 Nov 1994Wg CdrNo.224 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptEmbassy of India, PakistanIslamabad Air Advisor
01 Apr 1997 - 22 Oct 1998Gp Capt12 Forward Base Support UnitNaliya Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptPunnoly Iruppattil Muralidharan13579 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Group Captain PI Muralidharan was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 22 Dec 73. He has flown over 2700 hours of flying on MiG-21 and MiG-23 variants. He is a Pilot Attack Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. After coveted appointments such as Directing Staff at the Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Flying Inspector with the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, he commanded a MiG-23 MF air defence squadron from Jan 93 to Nov 94.

In November 1994 the Air War Strategy Cell was formed at Air Headquarters with the primary task of evolving an Air Power Doctrine for the IAF. Gp Capt Muralidharan was one of the three officers specially selected for this job. The task was to be completed in a period of only four months as compared to two to three years taken by certain other Air Forces to write their doctrines. Gp Capt Muralidharan was able to translate his arduous effort and originality into formulation of the IAF Doctrinal manual within the stipulated time frame. Evolution of a doctrinal manual was a long-felt necessity and Gp Capt Muralidharan has been instrumental in making IAF Doctrine a reality. The manual would provide valuable impetus to all practitioners and students of air power in this country.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain PI Muralidharan.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep13: Murli Menon - Flying and fighting in the MiG 21 and MiG 23

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