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Group Captain Kuldeep Malik

Service No & Branch 15181 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Dec 1977 Course: 120 Course
Service End: Retired on 18 Apr 2005 Voluntary Retirement Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1994Gp Capt : 05 Nov 2001
Training and Other Courses Attended
51 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1976
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

19 Jun 1995 - 30 Apr 1996Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jun 1996 - 30 Mar 1997Wg CdrSuryakiran Aerobatics Team Team Leader
31 Mar 1997 - 25 Apr 1999Wg CdrNo.32 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Nov 2001 - 15 Jun 2003Gp CaptFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrKuldeep Malik15181 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Sqn Ldr K Malik has been on the posted strength of one of the Squadrons since 13 Feb 89. He is fully Ops Pilot, an A-2 QFI and FCL with 600 hrs on type and 2400 hrs of total service flying.

On 05 Mar 91, he got airborne for a combat sorties as a number four member in the formation. While climbing through 350 meters above the ground level, he heard a loud thud and the aircraft engine flamed out. He gave an R/T call indicating that he would be ejecting, and gently turned away from the populated city limits. Even he was preparing for ejection, he analysed and concluded that the height and speed combination was just sufficient for attempting a safe relight. The relight attempt was successful and he safely landed the aircraft. After landing checks revealed extensive damage to air intake, cone, lip and engine.

The whole process of engine flame out to the relight of the engine took place in a short span of 30 seconds. Even a delay of 3-4 Seconds in taking a decision or in carrying out the relight procedure would have cost the service a valuable aircraft worth crores of rupees and invaluable human lives. All through this critical and very dangerous situation, Sqn Ldr Malik remained calm. He quickly and correctly assessed the implications and handled the emergency in the most professional manner.

Sqn Ldr Malik displayed extremely high degree of professionalism and airmanship which is worthy of emulation by all aircrew. For excellent presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr K Malik.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKuldeep Malik15181 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Wing Commander Kuldeep Malik was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 28 Dec 77. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor holding an A-2 instructional category and a Fighter Combat Leader. As a young officer, he was a member of the Thunderbolts, the IAF's Formation Aerobatic Team. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College, Bracknell, UK and has served on the Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1992.

In Jun 96, a decision was taken to revive the IAF's formation aerobatic team to mark the Golden Jubilee of India's Independence. Wg Cdr Malik was specially selected to form and lead the aerobatic team with Six Kiran MK II aircraft. The new aerobatic team, known as Surya-Kiran, was scheduled to make its public debut on 08 Oct 96. This left approximately three months in which to train and achieve the required high standard before the Air Force Day parade. Under the able leadership of Wg Cdr Malik, the aerobatic team began from scratch and eventually produced a magnificent display in front of highly appreciative audience. The credit for moulding his members from a mere cohesive formation into a scintillating six aircraft team was deservedly Wg Cdr Malik's.

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

Unit : SKAT
Reference : GoI19970126
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