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Air Marshal Ravinder Kumar Dhir

Service No & Branch 15678 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Jun 1979 Course: 123 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2018 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 15 Jun 1990Wg Cdr : 26 Aug 1996Gp Capt : 16 Dec 2002Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2008
AVM : 14 Jun 2010Air Marshal : 01 Jul 2013C-in-C : 01 Jun 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
54 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1978
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt

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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

23 Jul 2001 - 08 Dec 2002Wg CdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
09 Dec 2002 - 30 Jun 2003Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Projects Manager
01 Jul 2003 - 01 Jun 2005Gp CaptAir Force Test Pilots SchoolBangalore Officer Commanding
23 Jun 2005 - 31 May 2007Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
01 Jan 2008 - 30 Jun 2010Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Air Staff Requirements)
- AVM2 Air Defence Control CentreGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding
- 30 Jun 2013AVMMoDNew Delhi Technical Manager (Air)
01 Jul 2013 - 04 May 2014Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
05 May 2014 - 31 May 2015Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jun 2015 - 30 Sep 2018Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptRavinder Kumar Dhir15678 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2006
Details : Group Captain Ravinder Kumar Dhir (15678) Flying (Pilot) is the Commanding Officer of Air Force Test Pilots School (AFTPS) since 01 Jul 2003. Earlier he was a member of Bis Upgrade Team at Russia and inducted BISON aircraft in the 1AF as Commanding Officer of that Squadron. He is on the posted strength of Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) since 09 Dec 2002 and was the Chief Projects Manager (CPM) till Jun 2003. He was actively involved with ADA, HAL, CABS and NAL towards TEJAS, UT and SARAS projects. He was member of First Flight Review Board of UT and MMR on HACK-AVRO. He was instrumental in framing the MoU between Air Force and NAL, for first ever prototype flight testing of SARAS aircraft by ASTE and certification by DGCA.Air HQ in Jun 2003 increased the intake for the Flight Test Course (FTC). Notwithstanding the limitations of manpower and aircraft resources, he undertook the challenge in his stride. He personally supervised the exercises by flying instructional sorties, and coordinated outstation activities with Air HQ, to ensure timely completion of 26 FTC. The next FTC, also with increased strength, is progressing on schedule. With emphasis on team work he motivated his staff by personal example to meet the 1AF requirements of training more tesl crew. AFTPS was tasked to achieve recognition of FTC for grant of M Tech Degree to students by Visvesvaniya Technological University Belgaum, Karnataka. With his perseverance and diligence Gp Capt Dhir achieved the same and a comprehensive plan to initiate the postgraduate course for 28 FTC commencing Jul 05 has been formulated. To mark the Silver Jubilee of the AFTPS a first ever International Seminar on Flight Testing and Flight Test Training was held at ASTE Six foreign test pilot schools from USA, UK, France and Brazil participated. Gp Capt Dhir demonstrated exceptional management skills by planning each activity meticulously, and conducted the seminar in the most befitting manner. Capitalizing on the lessons learnt, he formulated comprehensive training package for students involving special Systems' Evaluation capsule at USNTI'S, and Preview Exchange with three foreign schools, at no cost basis, which was approved at Air HQ. A promotional film on AFTPS was also made during this period. Formal request by four countries to train their officers at AFTPS reflects the international recognition achieved by AFTPS.For his exceptional devotion to duty, Initiative and performance, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award "Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Ravinder Kumar Dhir.
Unit : ASTE
Reference : Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMRavinder Kumar Dhir15678 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRavinder Kumar Dhir15678 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
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