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Air Marshal Abraham Mathews

Service No & Branch 4547 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Sep 1953 Course: 8 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1991 Superannuated Flying Hours : 2200
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Dec 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974Acting Gp Capt : 27 Oct 1977Gp Capt : 23 Jul 1979
Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1983AVM : 15 Jul 1985Air Marshal : 01 Aug 1988
Training and Other Courses Attended
81 (Flt Lt) - 26 May 19624 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 30 Jun 1974
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

27 Oct 1977 - 09 Nov 1980Gp CaptCentral Servicing Development OrganisationKanpur Commanding Officer
01 Mar 1983 - 30 Jun 1985Air CmdeAFS ChakeriKanpur Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Signals
01 Jan 1987 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Systems
01 Aug 1988 - 31 Jan 1991Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General Radar & Communication Project Office
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrAbraham Mathews4547 AEMAward Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMAbraham Mathews4547 AELAward Date 26 Jan 1987Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Abraham Mathews, Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the erstwhile Technical/ Signals branch in September, 1953. He has a total of 2200 active flying hours to his credit.

During March 1983 to June, 1985, he held the post of Air Officer Commanding of a major Maintenance base. His performance record and AOC of this large station, was excellent and during this period both the Base Repair Depots achieved 100% production.

He took over as Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officers of HQ MC in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. He was responsible for supervising functional aspects of all the aircraft, aero­engine and Electronic Base Repair Depots.

As a member of the 'La Fontain' Committee on Flight Safety, he has been instrumental in identifying the existing weaknesses in the training and development of technical personnel of the IAF and making valuable recommendations to overcome them.

Air Vice Marshal Abraham Mathews has, thus, rendered distinguished service order of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19870126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAbraham Mathews4547 AELAward Date 26 Jan 1992Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Air Marshal Abraham Mathews was commissioned in the erstwhile Technical/ Signals branch of the IAF on the 7th September, 1953. During his long and distinguished career, he held a variety of command and staff appointments with distinction which included the command of a key Maintenance Base, Dy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an Air Force Command, Director Signal (Air) at Air HQ and finally the Director General of Radar and Communications Project Office, Ministry of Defence.

Although he belonged to a technical branch of the IAF, the Air Officer was one of the very few Engineering Officers who also became a fully qualified pilot. The Air Officer went on to log 2200 active flying hours to his credit. Not content with that he also became a qualified Air Signaller of repute. For his performance during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan conflict, he was awarded “Mentioned-in-Despatches".

Appointed Dy SMSO of the Maintenance Command in 1985, the Air Officer brought about remarkable improvement in the functional efficiency of the base Repair Depots of the IAF through innovative procedural changes and management techniques.

The wide-ranging experience of the Air Officer coupled with his methodical reasoning was brought to full advantage when he was selected to be a member of the high-powered La Fontaine Committee on Flight Safety. The Air Officer made invaluable contribution to the identification of the weaknesses in the training and development of the technical personnel of the IAF. Also, an optimum model of training, development and placement of IAF engineering officers and airmen was evolved under his guidance.

The Air Officer was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Systems) in 1988. While holding this assignment, he introduced several measures to obtain greater operational readiness through more efficient use of resources.

The ultimate landmark in the career of the Air Officer was his appointment as the Director General of the vital Radar and Communication Project Office of the Ministry of Defence in the rank of Air Marshal. He provided the necessary vision and thrust in this capacity to rapidly upgrade the nation's air defence through completion of a large number of radar and communication projects in the given time frame.

Air Marshal Abraham Mathews, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19920126
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