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Air Commodore Mathappan Jose

Service No & Branch 14278 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 23 Jan 1976 Course: 115 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2010 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Sep 1992Acting Gp Capt : 17 Nov 1997Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1998Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2005
Training and Other Courses Attended
45 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1973
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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

05 Jun 1995 - 30 Mar 1997Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronSuratgarh Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt46 WingNal (Bikaner) Station Commander
01 Jan 2002 - 01 Jan 2003Gp Capt12 WingChandigarh Chief Operations Officer
02 Jun 2006 - 05 Jan 2007Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2007Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
01 May 2008 - 01 Dec 2010Air CmdeAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptMathappan Jose14278 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Group Captain Jose Mathappan (14278) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the flying branch on 13 Dec 75. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a test pilot. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron and has over 3000 hrs of service flying in the fighter stream. Presently, he is Joint Director Aircraft Upgrade and has been working on the MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme at Air Headquarter since Jul 97.

The MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme involves the integration of a large number of modern avionics of Russian, Western and indigenous origin. Such a major upgrade of a combat aircraft has been attempted for the first time by the IAF. Management of this 626 million-Dollar programme had been far from smooth due to the complex interplay of numerous factors. Gp. Capt. Mathappan, through complete involvement and commitment, was able to familiarise himself with the intricate requirements of the programme in a short period of time. Even though there was no precedence or model to learn from, the officer was quick in grasping the managerial essential of the programme and identify the bottlenecks. Ever since his appointment, considerable progress has been made towards successful completion of many milestones through relentless effort and clear focus. The management task required interaction with foreign vendors and development agencies in Russia and India, to meet the time-bound requirements of the development work in Russia and for setting up the upgrade facilities at HAL (ND), concurrently. This complex task, involving a large number of varied inputs, was executed with a very small group consisting of only two officers and few airmen. All this has been possible only because of the single minded dedication and involvement of Gp Capt Mathappan, above and beyond the call of normal duty.

In recognition of his distinguished service and dedication of the highest order in the management of the MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jose Mathappan.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20010126
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