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Air Marshal Balabhadra Radha Krishna

Service No & Branch 17326 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Dec 1983 Course: 132 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2023 Superannuated Flying Hours : 5000 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 22 Dec 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 17 Mar 2007Air Cmde : 30 Dec 2010
AVM : 01 Dec 2014Air Marshal : 01 Mar 2019C-in-C : 01 Jun 2021
Training and Other Courses Attended
63 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 198252 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2012
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

- Wg CdrFlying Training SchoolBangalore Commanding Officer
01 Dec 2006 - 01 Aug 2008Gp CaptAir Force Test Pilots SchoolBangalore Officer Commanding
01 Dec 2010 - 27 Dec 2011Air CmdeAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Commandant
01 Jan 2013 - 31 Jul 2014Air Cmde20 WingBagdogra Air Officer Commanding
01 Aug 2014 - 31 Jul 2016AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Projects
16 Mar 2015 - No.37 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 2016 - 28 Feb 2019AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2021Air MarshalAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Director General Air (Operations)
16 Sep 2020 - Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Commodore Commandant
01 Jul 2021 - 30 Sep 2021Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2023Air MarshalIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Shaurya Chakra
Pt OffrBalabhadra Radha Krishna17326 F(P)Award Date 25 Sep 1984Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

On the 25th September, 1984, Pilot Officer Radha Krishna Balabhadra was authorised to carry out his fourth sortie on MiG aircraft. During the course of the flight at an altitude of 10 Kms., the canopy perspex of the aircraft shattered and as a result raining glass and plastic fragments fell on him. The aircraft was left with only jagged remnants of the canopy on the left side. The tremendous air blast made it extremely difficult and hazardous for the Officer to even open his eyes and look ahead. Simultaneously he also experienced the accompanied shock of explosive decompression. Pilot Officer Balabhadra, with negligible experience on such aircraft exhibiting great alertness, confidence and coolness descended rapidly, selecting the Identification friend or foe on to emergency, and carried out a safe landing having catered for the extra speed and power required due to the damaged state of the aircraft.

Pilot Officer Radha Krishna Balabhadra thus displayed courage, confidence, presence of mind and a high sense of flying skill.

Unit : MOFTU
Reference : Notification No. 28-Pres/86 dated 26th January, 1986 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 22nd March, 1986.
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMBalabhadra Radha Krishna17326 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBalabhadra Radha Krishna17326 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2022Announced 26 Jan 2022
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