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Air Marshal Subramaniam Raghavendran

Service No & Branch 3840 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 21 Feb 1930 Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Retired on 29 Feb 1988 Superannuated Died on 16 Jun 2020 (90 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 15 Apr 1951Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Sqn Ldr : 15 Apr 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1971Acting Air Cmde : 02 Mar 1974Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1975
Acting AVM : 09 Jul 1979AVM : 01 May 1980Acting Air Marshal : 01 Dec 1983Air Marshal : 01 Dec 1983
C-in-C : 01 Nov 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 APFIC (Fg Offr) - 01 Sep 195224 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 23 Nov 196813 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1973
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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

01 Oct 1947 - 01 May 1948Flt CdtInitial Training WingCoimbatore Cadet
01 Jun 1948 - 01 Jul 1949Flt Cdt2 EFTSJodhpur Cadet
01 Aug 1949 - 15 Apr 1950Flt CdtAFSAmbala Cadet
01 May 1950 - 01 Dec 1950Plt OffrCTSAmbala Trainee
01 Jan 1951 - 01 Oct 1951Plt OffrNo.4 SquadronPoona/ Jamnagar Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1951 - 01 May 1952Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronBarrackpore/ Poona Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1952 - 01 Oct 1953Fg OffrNo.2 Air Force AcademyJodhpur Flying Instructor
01 Oct 1953 - 01 Aug 1954Flt LtNo.1 Air Force AcademySecunderabad Flying Instructor
01 Aug 1954 - 01 Sep 1955Flt LtConversion Training UnitHakimpet Flying Instructor
01 Sep 1955 - 01 Aug 1956Flt LtNo.4 SquadronPoona/ Adampur Flight Commander
01 Aug 1956 - 01 Aug 1957Flt LtNo.20 SquadronHalwara Flight Commander
01 Aug 1957 - 01 Mar 1958Flt LtNo.4 SquadronHalwara/ Ambala Flight Commander
01 Mar 1958 - 01 Apr 1958Flt LtNo.29 SquadronHalwara Flight Commander
01 Apr 1958 - 01 Jul 1958Flt LtNo.17 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
01 Jul 1958 - 01 Sep 1958Flt LtDay Fighter Combat SchoolUK Trainee
01 Oct 1958 - 01 Dec 1958Flt LtNo.17 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
01 Dec 1958 - 01 Apr 1959Flt LtNo.27 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
15 Apr 1959 - 31 Oct 1961Sqn LdrNo.23 SquadronPune/ Palam/ Ambala Commanding Officer
01 Oct 1961 - 01 May 1963Sqn LdrOperational Command (WAC)Delhi Training 1 (Fighters)
01 May 1963 - 01 Jun 1965Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
08 Jul 1965 - 14 Jan 1968Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronAmbala/Pathankot Commanding Officer
24 Dec 1968 - 01 Jan 1970Wg Cdr15 WingBareilly Officer in Charge Flying
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Jan 1973Gp Capt15 WingBareilly Station Commander
01 Mar 1974 - 01 Feb 1976Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
11 Feb 1976 - 21 Dec 1977Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
02 Jan 1978 - 08 Jul 1979Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
01 Sep 1979 - 01 Sep 1980AVMPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel
01 Sep 1980 - 01 Sep 1983AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
18 Aug 1982 - 17 May 1990No.23 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 1983 - 30 Nov 1983AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 1983 - 03 Sep 1984Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 1984 - 06 Jan 1986Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
08 Jan 1986 - 29 Feb 1988Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSubramaniam Raghavendran3840 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1977Announced 26 Jan 1977
Details :

Air Commodore Subramaniam Raghavendran (3840) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) of the Indian Air Force in April 1950. He had been Senior Air Staff Officer in Headquarters Training Command from March 1974 to February 1976. During this period, with his dedication, devotion to duty and diligence, he made significant and long term contributions to the training and administration in Training Command. Prior to this he had had a distinguished and productive career in the Air Force. He had commanded Fighter Squadrons twice. He had also been O i/c Flying and Station Commander of a major fighter base. He is highly qualified professionally and administratively.

With his incisive, analytical and methodical mind, he identified the weak areas in training in the IAF and instituted to improve the same. He devised most comprehensive lesson plans for all training institutions. Steps were taken by him to make training aids scales from the needs of the lesson plans as opposed to adテつュhoc redundant ones. To make available all training and audioテつュvisual aids, comprehensive 'Resources Libraries' were introduced by him in all institutions. He carried out a methodical standardisation of all training records and documents in the schools and reduced the work load, while making available complete Management Information System at appropriate levels of supervision. Effective instructor assessment system and updating lectures were, also instituted by him for the instructors to ensure high calibre.

He introduced a Command Training Inspection Team, led by him which visited the units, with elaborate questionnaires and critically analysed their performance. It produced such remarkable results that Institutions assessed as subテつュstandard came up to excellent standards within six months.

His most outstanding contribution to Training Command was the introduction of Management-By Objectives throughout the Command visテつュテδテつュvis Training, Maintenance and Administration. Specially called the Goals, Results and Objectives Oriented Management System, he formed an adテつュhoc team and personally identified the Key Result Areas of Training Command. He analysed the strength, weaknesses and resources of Training Command set realistic, but challenging objectives, made detailed action plans and devised a Management Information System for feed back and control of the same. All these were issued by him as detailed Training Command Air staff Instructions. In addition to this, he also made compendium of all Air Staff matters and based on these issued detailed Training Command Air staff Instructions on every aspect.

Air Commodore Subramaniam Raghavendran has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19770126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSubramaniam Raghavendran3840 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Air Marshal Subrarnaniam Raghavendran, AVSM (3840) F(P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force on 15 Apr 50. Immediately on completion of his

initial training he was assigned to flying duties in an operational squadron and has since

handled a variety of flying assignments at various levels. As a competent fighter pilot he has commanded successively and successfully a fighter squadron and two major fighter bases.

After undergoing n course at the National Defence College in 1973, Air Marshal Raghavendran was posted on staff appointments first at Air HQ and later as Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Trg Command. His subsequent appointments included Director of Training, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Personnel and Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations at Air HQ. He was then posted as Air Officer Commanding J&K before taking over as Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ WAC, the oldest and the most important of the Operational Commands of the Air Force. He is presently holding this appointment and is also functioning as AOC-in-C, pending selection and posting of a permanent incumbent.

A keen, knowledgeable and highly experienced fighter pilot, Air Marshal Raghavanderan has shown immense capacity for planning of operational matters and carrying them towards successful implementation. While holding the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations at Air HQ he was chosen to coordinate all arrangements in connection with the flying activities entrusted to the Air Force during the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meet. His handling of this demanding assignment won him all round acclamation.

Throughout his career Air Marshal Raghavaendran has exhibited exemplary devotion to duty, professionalism of the highest caliber and an immense capacity to organize diverse activities relating to operations and the execution of roles allotted to the Air Force. Air Marshal Subrarnaniam Raghavendran, AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional manner.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19850126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
19 Mar 1960GnatIE-1070Sqn Ldr Subramaniam Raghavendran
23 SqnEngine failure Pilot

Additional Notes

Remarks: Bharat Rakshak Note added: 2018-06-04
Remarks: Bharat Rakshak Note added: 2017-05-29
Remarks: Bharat Rakshak Note added: 2013-07-06

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