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Air Marshal Balakrishnan Manikantan

Service No & Branch 18291 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jun 1986 Course: 137 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 07 Jun 1997Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 16 Nov 2008Air Cmde : 18 Mar 2013
AVM : 14 Dec 2018C-in-C : 01 Apr 2023
Training and Other Courses Attended
68 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19854 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 200958 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2018
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

27 Apr 1992 - Flt LtOscar Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Divisional officer
16 Jun 2003 - 23 May 2005Wg CdrNo.152 Helicopter UnitSarsawa Commanding Officer
27 Jul 2009 - 30 Jan 2011Gp Capt29 WingBamrauli (Allahabad) Station Commander
07 Jul 2014 - 18 Sep 2016Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
31 Mar 2015 - 31 Mar 2020No.153 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
14 Dec 2018 - AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
22 Aug 2022 - 30 Apr 2023Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Apr 2023 - Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrBalakrishnan Manikantan18291 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2006
Details : Wing Commander Balakrishnan Manikantan (18291) Flying (Pilot) took over the command of Helicopter Unit, an operational Mi-17 IV unit on 16 Jun 2003. He was among the first helicopter Directing Staff at TACDE and was actively involved in formalizing helicopter combat tactics and assessment criteria. He has also been the Flight Commander of Helicopter Unit, a Mi-17 unit, operating in Op Meghdoot sector.Under his command, the unit has flown 5I20 hours without any accident. he ensured that unit aircrew achieved high standards of role based training and Hew over 650 hours himself during the period. From Sep-Dec 2003, the unit was tasked to carry out the novel task of offshore operations in Mumbai High. Despite lack of previous experience, the unit flew 130 hours to various ONGC rigs, a feat that was well appreciated. The unit has executed multifarious tasks such as GSh 231, gun trails, regular detachments In J&K, casualty evacuations and disaster relief operations with elan. Under his able leadership, the unit also earned accolades for the difficult task of operating and maintaining six additional new BSF helicopters from Nov 2003-Feb 2005, flying 640 hours.The unit was adjudged the 'Best Helicopter Unit' in Western Air Command in 2004 and also performed exceedingly well in Ex-Vayu Spardha. He always ensured that the unit maintained a very high level operational readiness, backed by a high level of efficiency In maintenance and a proactive administration, which followed a participative style. The officer had displayed dynamic leadership qualities combined with sound professionalism as the Commanding Officer of a premier operational Helicopter Unit.For his excellent performance and exceptional devotion of duty. The Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander BalakrishnanManikantan.
Unit : 152 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeBalakrishnan Manikantan18291 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
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