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Air Marshal Packiriswamy Kanakaraj

Service No & Branch 15066 AE(M)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Jul 1977 Course: 12 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2014 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 24 Jun 1996Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2003Air Cmde : 14 May 2007AVM : 17 Aug 2009
Air Marshal : 01 Sep 2011C-in-C : 01 Jul 2013
Training and Other Courses Attended
35 LDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2005
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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

- Gp CaptAir Armament Inspection WingKhamaria Commanding Officer
01 Dec 2008 - 16 Aug 2009Air CmdeAir Force Technical CollegeJalahalli Commandant
- AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
01 Sep 2011 - 30 Sep 2011Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General (Systems)
01 Oct 2011 - 31 Mar 2012Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General (Aircraft)
01 Apr 2012 - 30 Jun 2013Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
19 Apr 2012 - Air Force Technical College Commodore Commandant
01 Jul 2013 - 30 Nov 2014Air MarshalMaintenance CommandNagpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdePackiriswamy Kanakaraj15066 AE(M)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Air Commodore Packiriswamy Kanakaraj (15066) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in Ju11977. During his 31 years of distinguished service he has held many important appointments in IAF, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance and Defence Research and Development Organization. He was the Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG-21 Squadron, Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of Air Force Station, Jodhpur, Commanding Officer of Air Armaments Inspection Wing (AAIW), Khamaria and is presently the Principal Director Engineering A at Air HQ. He is a Post Graduate in Propulsion Engineering from IIT Madras and has undergone Long Defence Management Course at CDM Secunderabad. The officer's in-depth knowledge and expertise on aero engine was of immense help in establishing the cause of a number of MiG aircraft accidents. His contribution to Life extension and Reliability studies has enabled the IAF to exploit the ageing Russian aero engines. As CEO at Air Force Station, Jodhpur, during Op Parakaram, modification of MiG-27 aircraft and MI-8 helicopter with Electronic Warfare system was successfully undertaken by him. As CO, AAIW, he was instrumental in providing the required impetus to production of the 100-120 kg bombs, thus saving valuable foreign exchange. In his present appointment as, Principal Director Engineering he handles a wide variety of Russian fighter aircrafts, he has been responsible for planning and execution of SU-30 upgrade and various other upgrade programmes. His proactive interaction with HAL on various technical and supplies related issues have resulted in overall improvement in serviceability of Russian Fighter fleet. He has skillfully negotiated a number of contracts for supply of spares with various foreign vendors and was able to obtain appreciable discount. His analytic mind and ability to anticipate likely grey area for remedial measures are his strength. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Packiriswamy Kanakaraj.
Unit : AAIW
Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMPackiriswamy Kanakaraj15066 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPackiriswamy Kanakaraj15066 AE(M)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
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