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Air Marshal Sunil Kashinath Vidhate

Service No & Branch 18825 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1987 Course: 139 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1992Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Gp Capt : 14 Dec 2009Air Cmde : 01 Jul 2014
AVM : 03 Apr 2020Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2023
Training and Other Courses Attended
70 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 198657 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 02 Apr 2002
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

- 31 May 2001Sqn LdrNo.29 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 May 2002 - 31 Dec 2003Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
22 Mar 2005 - 15 Apr 2007Wg CdrNo.29 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
15 Jun 2009 - 01 Aug 2010Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Chief Operations Officer
24 Jul 2010 - 10 Oct 2013Gp CaptPresident's SecretariatDelhi Deputy Military Secretary
- 01 Aug 2014Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Ops, Strategy)
25 Aug 2014 - 29 May 2016Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
02 Jan 2020 - 02 Apr 2020Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Cmde (PO-1)
- 31 Mar 2023AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Defence Commander
03 Apr 2020 - 30 Sep 2020AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training
01 Oct 2021 - AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Defence Commander
01 May 2023 - Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSunil Kashinath Vidhate18825 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2008
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Wing Commander Sunil Kashinath Vidhate (18825) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 13 Jun 87. Presently, he is the Commanding Officer of a frontl ine Fighter Sqn since Mar 05.

Wg Cdr SK Vidhate has been a Joint Director in the Directorate of Personnel at Air HQ and a directing staff at the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment. He is a 'Pilot Attack Instructor', 'Fighter Strike Leader' and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College with Instructor grading. He was commended by AOC-in-C in 2001 for his immense contribution towards enhancement of squadron's war fighting ability. As 'Second in Command' of a MiG27 Sqn he was instrumental in earning his unit a rare distinction of 'Above the Average' grading in operational competence during the inspection by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team in 2003.

This is the first MiG-27 Sqn selected to undergo indigenous avionics upgrade. Wg Cdr Vidhate, with his meticulous planning and resolute commitment, left no stone unturned in ensuring exemplary quality of upgraded aircraft and their efficient induction into Air Force while operating from Ozar, with stretched out resources. Successful induction of MiG-27 upgrade aircraft marks substantial increase in the war waging potential of IAF. Within two months of new induction he through his diligent efforts trained the Sqn pilots on upgrade aircraft and participated in the 'Air armament firing Competition' held in January 2007. In its first ever field trials, the Sqn achieved exceptional results in air to ground firing and was adjudged the best overall squadron in marksmanship while competing with other modern fleets of IAF. This remarkable achievement which boosts the offensive punch of IAF, would not have been possible without the outstanding leadership and professionalism of Wg Cdr Vidhate.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sunil Kashinath Vidhate.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSunil Kashinath Vidhate18825 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
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Yudh Seva Medal
Air CmdeSunil Kashinath Vidhate18825 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 2019
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