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Air Marshal Balakrishnan Saju

Service No & Branch 18300 F(P) Stream :Fighters
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 : 24 Dec 2008Air Cmde : 18 Mar 2013
AVM : 01 Mar 2019Air Marshal : 08 Mar 2022C-in-C : 01 May 2023
Training and Other Courses Attended
68 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1985
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 CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
02 Aug 2004 - 04 Jun 2006Wg CdrNo.32 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
02 Mar 2009 - 17 Apr 2011Gp CaptNo.50 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
- 14 Dec 2012Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PD (Air Defence Ops, Weapon Sys)
25 Sep 2012 - No.50 Squadron Commodore Commandant
14 Dec 2012 - 24 Aug 2014Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
05 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2017Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-I
- 30 Sep 2019AVMIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi ACIDS (Pers Plans & Force
01 Oct 2019 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Defence
08 Mar 2022 - 30 Apr 2023Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 2023 - Air MarshalAndaman and Nicobar CommandPort Blair Commander in Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptBalakrishnan Saju18300 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Group Captain Balakrishnan Saju (18300) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot into the fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 07 Jun 86. He is a Fighter Combat Leader with more than2800 hours of accident free flying on many variants of MiG 21 fighter aircraft (ac) and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has been the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Bison Sqn, a directing staff at College of Air Warfare and the first CO of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Sqn of IAF for last two years. He now stands posted as the Director Airborne Sensors and Networking at Air Headquarters. Gp Capt Saju was entrusted with the arduous task of raising one of the largest units and inducting the most complex equipment of IAF. Under his leadership, more than 70 officers and 450 air warriors from varying backgrounds amalgamated into a cohesive and operational unit, successfully inducting and operationalising the AWACS. He had the unique distinction of leading all the three acceptance teams for the AWACS and ensured compliance of all operational requirements of the contract by the vendor. Through proactive negotiations with the management, a large number of testers and spares over and above the contract were procured. Additionally, by methodical recording of all the defects, the warranty of the three AWACS has been extended for significant period, resulting in significant financial savings. The formulation of Standard Operating Procedures for different types of missions, planning and execution of more than twenty command level exercises in the area of all the operational commands of IAF, innumerable Signal Intelligence gathering missions, and drafting of Concept of Operations of this complex force multiplier have all been achieved during this period. As President of the Officers Institute, he was instrumental in upgrading the holiday home, modernizing the health club and sports facilities to befitting standards. The strong foundation laid by him, helped the Sqn undertake its multifaceted operational role efficiently, integrate into the Con ops of IAF and develop as a cohesive and professional unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain Saju Balakrishnan.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMBalakrishnan Saju18300 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
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