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Air Vice Marshal Archan Kumar Bhattacharya

Service No & Branch 16322 AE(M)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 05 Jan 1981 Course: 19 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2016 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Nov 1999Gp Capt : 08 Jul 2005Air Cmde : 02 Aug 2010AVM : 01 Jun 2013
Training and Other Courses Attended
48 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 2008
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Gp Capt5 WingKalaikunda Chief Engineering Officer
- 01 Dec 2012Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Engineering A2)
- 30 Sep 2016AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Engineering
01 Dec 2014 - 01 May 2016AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptArchan Kumar Bhattacharya16322 AE(M)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Group Captain Archan Kumar Bhattacharya (16322) AE (M) was commissioned on 05 Jan 81. He has held several important appointments during his career. As Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of premier Wing, the Wing was adjudged 'Best in Maintenance' in EAC. As Senior Technical Officer of Sqn, he was instrumental in achieving above average in maintenance during DASI and the Sqn earned "The Best Fighter Sqn in SWAC". He was commended by AOC-in-C for these.

As CEO of Air Force Station Kalaikunda, he brought up the serviceability of MiG-27 aircraft considerably and was directly involved in achieving 100% serviceability for 18 Sqn in Dec 05. Besides, he has a distinctive thrust on self-help approach by utilising the Station workshop. Under his able guidance, a fixture for replacement of wing sealing panel for MiG-27 ac was successfully fabricated and thus completely eliminated the requirement of HAL assistance on these issues. This innovation not only saved the money to exchequer but also reduced the down time of aircraft. His accomplishments further include prompt and planned recovery of prolonged AOG ac, fabrication of Landing Gear Flushing Rig, optimum utilisation of Structural Repair Bay, extensive repairs/modifications of MT vehicles, recovery of two downgraded MRS and overhauling of BEML tractor thus saving large amount of money to the exchequer.

His obsession to improve aircraft maintenance standards continuously did not deter him from focusing his attention on other technical activities. Due to his active involvement, approach lights, runway lead in lights and ORP lights could be made operational after being unserviceable for close to a decade. His initiative and constant hard work brought up the standard of Maintenance Control and Co-ordination Flight to a 'Centre of Excellence' which deserve a special mention.

All the tasks allotted to maintenance Group were completed successfully well in time prior to Exercise COPE INDIA 05 and S1NDEX 06. An effective maintenance support was provided to foreign and IAF sqns which was appreciated by one and all. This would not have been possible without his immaculate planning, positive attitude and effective leadership towards achieving the goal. The same was also appreciated during CASI and DASI visits. The overall assessment for Maintenance Support Group by DASI was Av Plus, while being assessed Above Average in number of other sections. Armament Sqn being one of those sections has now been designated as "Centre of Excellence" by HQ EAC.

Apart from his professional jobs, he was entrusted to bring up the standard of Officers' mess and Officers' Institute to a desired level to meet the requirements of EX COPE INDIA 05 and Republic of Singapore Air Force operating from this base. Officers' Mess, Living-in accommodation and Institute has been brought up to an international standard which was highly appreciated by the IAF and foreign delegations.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Archan Kumar Bhattacharya.

Unit : 5 Wing
Reference : GoI20070126
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMArchan Kumar Bhattacharya16322 AE(M)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
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