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Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman

Service No & Branch 13606 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 09 Feb 1974 Course: 111 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2012 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4000
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1991Acting Gp Capt : 29 Mar 1996Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1996Air Cmde : 15 Feb 2003
AVM : 02 Apr 2007Air Marshal : 01 Sep 2009C-in-C : 01 Aug 2011
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19725 ETP (Flt Lt) - 01 Nov 198244 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 06 May 1989
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1972 - 31 Dec 1972Flt CdtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Cadet
01 Jan 1973 - 31 May 1973Flt CdtAir Force AcademyDundigal Trainee Pilot
01 Jun 1973 - 01 Feb 1974Plt OffrFighter Training WingSecunderabad Trainee Pilot
01 Mar 1974 - 30 Jun 1974Plt OffrOperational Conversion UnitJamnagar Trainee Pilot
01 Jul 1974 - 31 Dec 1974Plt OffrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1975 - 31 Jul 1975Plt OffrNo.45 SquadronBareilly Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1975 - 30 Apr 1980Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
01 May 1980 - 31 Dec 1982Flt LtNo.35 SquadronBareilly Squadron Pilot
01 Nov 1982 - 31 Dec 1984Flt LtAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Test Pilot
01 Jan 1985 - 01 May 1985Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Instructor Trainee
01 Jun 1985 - 31 Dec 1986Sqn LdrFighter Training WingHakimpet Flt Cdr/ CFI
01 Jan 1987 - 01 May 1988Sqn LdrMiG Operational Flying Training UnitTezpur Flight Commander
01 May 1989 - 01 May 1990Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
01 Jun 1990 - 31 Jul 1993Wg Cdr11 Base Repair DepotOjhar Chief Test Pilot
02 Aug 1993 - 16 Jul 1995Wg CdrNo.30 SquadronTezpur Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1995 - 31 Jan 1997Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Projects Manager
01 Feb 1997 - 09 May 1999Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Test Pilot
10 May 1999 - 27 May 2001Gp Capt40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Chief Operations Officer
28 May 2001 - 20 Mar 2002Gp Capt45 WingSirsa Station Commander
01 Apr 2002 - 31 May 2003Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 Jun 2003 - 01 May 2004Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 May 2004 - 01 Mar 2007Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
27 Aug 2005 - No.30 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Mar 2007 - 31 Mar 2008AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
01 Apr 2008 - 30 Jun 2009AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
01 Jul 2009 - 31 Jul 2011Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 2011 - 30 Nov 2012Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Wg Cdr Simhakutty Varthaman was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot and has more than 3000 hours of accident-free fighter flying to his credit.

He is qualified on MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 aircraft. At the BRD, his task included duties of COO and air testing of aircraft produced after manufacture/overhaul/medium repair/ storage by HAL and BRD. He flew 667 accident free sorties amounting to 470 hours. He rendered valuable help in finalizing five major trials and modifications. Ozar complex consisting of HAL and the BRD has been designated as vital area in the Maharashtra Air Defence Sector of South Western Air Command. Three major Air Defence exercises were conducted at this base. During one of the exercises, Guided Weapons Squadrons were inducted for the first time. Wg Cdr Varthaman, with the help of a few technicians and one technical officer, established a Base Air Defence Centre (BADC) from scratch. He also established Operational Readiness Platform and allied communication system for the exercise. Several successful interceptions were carried out during the exercise.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr S Varthaman.

Unit : 11 BRD
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details :

Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman VM (13606) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 09 Feb 1974. In 27 years of distinguished service the pilot has flown 26 years, and accumulated 3800 hours of flying on 30 different types of aircraft. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he is an experienced test pilot and a qualified flying instructor. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1993 for distinguished service as a Chief Test Pilot of a large Base Repair Depot. He has commanded a MiG 21 fighter squadron, and was the Chief Test Pilot of the IAF flighttesting centre at Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE), Bangalore. He is now the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Air Force Station Gwalior.

Whilst commanding a MiG-21 fighter squadron in the East his unit achieved the singular distinction of having flown 9500 sorties without a single accident, while ensuring a very high quality training of pilots. As Chief Test Pilot at ASTE he was instrumental in the conduct and execution of crucial aircraft and weapon trials being inducted into the IAF. As the COO, this highly motivated and dynamic officer, coordinated the entire magnitude of operations of Kargil at Gwalior, sustaining an efficient operational environment and high morale of the Mirage fleet to achieve this air victory. In a short span of four months he created the only successful multitarget and multi-directional day/night Airto-Ground Range at Singpur, which gives realistic operational scenario for all types of aircraft in the IAF, thereby enhancing the operational potential of the IAF.

The officer supervised three Air Force level exercises and 12 electronic warfare exercises during the last two years, without compromising flight safety. In recognition of these achievements the air base was awarded the "Best in Operations" of Central Air Command for both the years consecutively under his leadership. With a wide perspective and progressive vision he has co-ordinated the induction of the Tactics And Combat Development Establishment into Gwalior.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman.

Unit : 40 Wing
Reference : GoI20020126
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
20 May 1977MiG-21 FLC-1004Flt Lt Simhakutty Varthaman
1 SqnEngine fire followed
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