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Wing Commander Shivkumar Nilkanthrao Pohare

Service No & Branch 29184 F(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 15 Dec 2006 Course: 178 Course
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Sqn Ldr : 15 Dec 2012Wg Cdr : 15 Dec 2019
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtShivkumar Nilkanthrao Pohare29184 F(P)Award Date 23 Aug 2012Announced 15 Aug 2013
Details : Flight Lieutenant Shivkumar Nilkanthrao Pohare (29184) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a MiG-29 Squadron since 15 Jun 09 and has been performing the duties of Squadron pilot. On 23 Aug 12. Flt Lt SN Pohare was authorized to lead a two aircraft Combat Air Patrol (CAP) versus Strike plus Escorts mission as CAP leader in a MiG-29 aircraft. After getting airborne, while proceeding to the exercise area, at a distance of 38 km from base. altitude of 5.1 km and speed of 600 KMPH, the canopy perspex of the aircraft shattered. This resulted in explosive decompression and perspex shards hitting the pilot on his left shoulder. The helmet visor also broke due to the effect of wind blast. He immediately realised the gravity of the situation and initiated recovery maintaining control of the aircraft which had nearly full fuel in a calm and composed manner. He also realised that the aircraft compass had become unserviceable and the Hand Held Global Positioning System had stopped indicating as its antenna had been damaged due to the perspex flying off. At this stage, the weather in exercise area was overcast with cloud base at 1.2 KM and thick layer of clouds up to 3.3 KM. There were also several rain patches in the area, making it even more challenging to recover the aircraft, Flt Lt SN Pohare, with exceptional presence of mind and courage. skirted the oil installations and populated area in vicinity of the airfield and positioned north of base for a slow speed check. Braving personal discomfort due to injuries and deteriorating weather situation. the pilot carried out a slow speed check to ascertain the handling characteristics whilst being monitored by another formation member who had joined up with him for providing assistance. Notwithstanding the reduced frontal visibility, very high cockpit noise level and high aircraft weight. he skillfully positioned himself for an emergency landing with radar assistance and executed the same in a flawless manner, without any further damage to the aircraft. Throughout the emergency handling. Flt Lt SN Pohare maintained utmost calm and composure, displayed exceptional courage and presence of mind and thorough professionalism in keeping with the highest traditions of Indian Air Force. His actions in handling such an unforeseen critical emergency, which is not documented for MiG-29 aircraft, not only saved him and the aircraft, but also prevented possible catastrophic damage to neighboring strategically important and vital Petro-chemical installations and populated areas. For this act of exceptional courage, very high standards of professionalism and contribution to aerospace safety Flight. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Lieutenant Shivkumar Nilkanthrao Pohare.
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