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Air Marshal Sanderraman Neelakantan

Service No & Branch 15184 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Dec 1977 Course: 120 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2017 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1994Gp Capt : 05 Nov 2001Acting Air Cmde : 25 Oct 2007Air Cmde : 11 Jun 2007
Acting AVM : 30 Mar 2011AVM : 09 Aug 2010Air Marshal : 01 Jul 2014C-in-C : 01 Aug 2016
Training and Other Courses Attended
51 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1976
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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

15 Dec 1997 - 06 Mar 2000Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
19 Jun 2000 - 02 Apr 2002Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
09 Dec 2002 - 04 Jul 2004Gp Capt27 WingBhuj Station Commander
26 Sep 2006 - 17 Oct 2007Gp CaptIndian Aviation Contingent -I (MONUC)Congo Contingent Commander
12 Jan 2009 - 23 May 2010Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Air Officer Commanding
- 23 Mar 2010AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air Officer Commanding
01 Jul 2012 - 30 Jun 2014AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Jul 2014 - 31 Jan 2015Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General (Inspection & Safety)
15 Dec 2014 - 28 Feb 2017No.1 Squadron Commodore Commandant
02 Feb 2015 - 31 Jul 2016Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 Aug 2016 - 28 Feb 2017Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrSanderraman Neelakantan15184 F(P)Award Date 14 Feb 1989Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Squadron Leader Sunderraman Neelakantan was posted to Tactics Development Establishment on 19 Dec 88 to undergo Flight Combat Leader Course.

On 14 Feb 1989, Sqn Ldr Neelakantan took off in a MiG-21 aircraft for a training sortie. After 18 minutes of uneventful flying, when the speed was 850 Kph and height 4.5 Km, he felt the aircraft rock violently out of control. He noted that the main hydraulic system has also failed. Determined to recover the aircraft, he applied himself to the task and was able to maintain control of the aircraft only below 3 Km with significant left rudder pressure only at speeds below 500 Kph. Together with the loss of power, he was also denied the use of flaps and air brakes due to hydraulic failure. Despite the multiple emergencies, Sqn Ldr Neelakantan displaying exceptional skill, executed a flawless descending circuit terminating in a direct flapless approach and landing.

For displaying exceptional flying outstanding professionalism, judgment and confidence, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Sunderraman Neelakantan.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990
Yudh Seva Medal
Wg CdrSanderraman Neelakantan15184 F(P)Award Date 15 Aug 1999Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Wing Commander Sunderraman Neelakantan (15184) F (P) is in command of 1 Squadron AF and was operating from 7 Wing, AF wef 26 May 99 for 'Op Safed Sagar'.

The officer is a true professional, who works hard and runs his Sqn effectively. This professionalism is evident in the manner in which the unit goes about doing its allotted tasks. The Sqn was inducted and relocated at short notice on deployment. This task was accomplished smoothly, and since then, the Sqn. has been able to meet all operational tasks given to it. This involved rapid and frequent role changes, and launching of missions at extremely short notices.

The officer displays total dedication and devotion to duty, and takes pride in whatever he does. He is a bold and dynamic Commanding Officer, who leads from the front. He managed his manpower and resources effectively in order to conduct round the clock operations. His courage is evident from the fact that within six weeks, he had already flown 47 operational missions. The missions involved provided day/ night fighter escort to our strike formations during 'Op Safed Sager'. Many of these missions were flown in extremely poor/marginal weather conditions, where he also displayed personal flying skills of a high order.

For his professionalism, leadership and courage displayed in the face of the enemy, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Sunderraman Neelakantan.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : GoI19990815
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSanderraman Neelakantan15184 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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