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Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal

Service No & Branch 4972 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Oct 1955 Course: 66 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1993 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 08 Oct 1956Flt Lt : 08 Oct 1960Sqn Ldr : 08 Oct 1966Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1975
Acting Gp Capt : 20 Jun 1977Gp Capt : 25 Sep 1978Acting Air Cmde : 18 Nov 1982Air Cmde : 21 Apr 1983
AVM : 01 Oct 1987Air Marshal : 15 Jan 1990C-in-C : 07 Oct 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 19537 PAI (Fg Offr) - 02 Feb 196125 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1985
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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 Feb 1954 - 08 Oct 1955Flt CdtNo.1 AFABegumpet Trainee
01 Jan 1956 - 11 Feb 1956Plt OffrConversion Training UnitHakimpet Trainee
26 Feb 1956 - 28 Oct 1957Fg OffrNo.8 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
31 Oct 1957 - 02 Sep 1960Flt LtNo.8 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
02 Feb 1961 - 09 Sep 1962Flt LtNo.8 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
09 Sep 1962 - 02 Mar 1963Flt LtUSSRUSSR MiG Conversion Course
02 Mar 1963 - 18 Jan 1965Flt LtNo.28 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1965 - 10 Dec 1965Sqn LdrEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 24th Course
13 Dec 1965 - 30 Jan 1966Sqn LdrHawkerDunsfold Test Pilot
04 Feb 1966 - 31 Oct 1966Sqn Ldr1 Base Repair DepotKanpur Test Pilot
01 Nov 1966 - 31 Dec 1968Sqn LdrA&ATUKanpur Test Pilot
15 Jan 1969 - 23 Sep 1973Sqn LdrHALNasik/ Bangalore Test Pilot
24 Sep 1973 - 17 Feb 1976Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
05 Mar 1976 - 28 Oct 1976Wg CdrAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Test Pilot
29 Oct 1976 - 30 Jun 1977Wg CdrFlight Test Squadron, ASTEBangalore Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1977 - 01 Apr 1979Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director, Air Staff Requirement
01 Apr 1979 - 01 Nov 1982Gp CaptJPTBAE Warton Leader
18 Nov 1982 - 02 Jan 1985Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
20 Nov 1985 - 02 Sep 1987Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
01 May 1987 - 02 Sep 1987Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
03 Sep 1987 - 02 Jul 1989AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
01 Sep 1989 - 01 Apr 1990AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
02 Apr 1990 - 06 Oct 1991Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
07 Oct 1991 - 30 Mar 1992Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1992 - 30 Sep 1993Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrBrijesh Dhar Jayal4972 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Squadron Leader Brijesh Dhar Jayal worked as a test pilot from 26th September 1966 to 30th December 1968. During this period, the officer was associated with a number of trials on various aircraft. He was responsible for working out the radii of action and take off techniques in various configurations in respect of a new type of supersonic aircraft. He successfully evolved its gunnery techniques and helped in the adoption of the right and simpler use of the gun sight. Again, he was responsible for pinpointing the faults of in new trainer aircraft and for suggesting remedies to make it safe for flying. His contributions in many other fields of military aviation also have been significant. He volunteered to undertake every trial given to his unit. His performance in every case was commendable. He put in long working hours in an effort to complete the trials in the shortest possible time.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Brijesh Dhar Jayal displayed courage, initiative and determination.

Unit : A&ATU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrBrijesh Dhar Jayal4972 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Wing Commander Brijesh Dhar Jayal was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force in October, 1955. He has been on deputation to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Nasik Division, from the 15th January, 1969 to the 19th April, 1972 and to Bangalore Division from the 20th April, 1972 onwards. Throughout his tenure at Nasik Division, he had exhibited great competence and quality in test flying of MiG 21 aircraft. A total of 606 sorties comprising 424.25 hours of test flying on MiG 21 aircraft were carried out by him which also includes testing of aircraft entirely manufactured in India. During his tenure at Bangalore, he has shown great skill and determination in flight testing of different types of aircraft and has carried out 465.15 hours. He has been associated with the critical phase of development testing including jettisoning of external fuel tanks from Kiran and Gnat aircraft during which he has displayed keen aptitude and high degree of skill. His meticulous planning and very good execution enabled the Sea level trials on the prototype Agricultural aircraft to be completed successfully within a very short time.

Throughout, Wing Commander Brijesh Dhar Jayal displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : HAL
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptBrijesh Dhar Jayal4972 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Group Captain Brijesh Dhar Jayal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 8 Oct 1955. His entire service has been marked with outstanding professionalism in every field of activity that he has been involved in. Whether as a Pilot Attack Instructor, a first line fighter Squadron Commander, a test pilot or as a staff officer, his performance has always been of a very high and exceptional order. As a test pilot Group Captain Jayal was associated with trials on various types of aircraft. His approach to test flying has always been intelligent and constructive throughout and his analytical assessments highly valuable. He was responsible for working out the radii of action and take­off techniques in various configurations in respect of a supersonic aircraft, and successfully evolved its gunnery technique and helped in the adoption of the right and simple type of gun sight. He was responsible for pinpointing the faults of a trainer aircraft safe for flying. For his contribution in test flying he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in January 1969 and in January 1974 was awarded a Bar to Vayu Sena Medal for his significant contribution to military aviation.

Group Captain Jayal has been the leader of the Jaguar Project Team in the U.K. since April 1979. In this capacity, he has played an extremely important role in the implementation of all the agreements for the acquisition and very rapid induction of Jaguar aircraft in the Indian Air Force. Throughout the conduct of countless operational and technical aspects of this wideranging mandate he displayed an intensely farsighted anticipation, an extremely painstaking thoroughness and tremendous dedication. All his dealings with the manufacturers, their sub­contractors and the British Ministry of Defence were marked by a remarkably high degree of professionalism and negotiating skill which generated in these organizations a very high regard and admiration for the Indian Air Force. Further, his endeavours were constantly directed towards the singleminded purpose of safeguarding our long term technical and financial interests in the execution of this immense investment.

Group Captain Brijesh Dhar Jayal, VM & Bar has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19820126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBrijesh Dhar Jayal4972 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on the 8th October, 1955. His entire career has been marked with outstanding contributions in augmenting the operational potential and preparedness of the IAF. A test pilot of a very high calibre and a product of the Empire Test Pilot School, United Kingdom, he has held a variety of command and staff appointments.

In 1979, as a leader of the Jaguar Project Team in the UK, he was instrumental in the smooth and rapid induction of the aircraft in the service.

After graduating from the National Defence College in 1985 he was appointed Director Air Staff Requirements at Air Headquarters. Here, he displayed intense farsightedness in respect of the future requirements of aircraft, weapons and other equipment for continuous upgradation of operational potential. On promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal he took over as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). His acumen for planning and clear perception of long term requirements has been a contributory factor in formulating plans which are of immense value to the IAF in particular and the nation as a whole.

Before recently taking over as DCAS, the Air Officer had held the appointment of ACAS (Operations) with distinction.

Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal, AVSM, VM & Bar has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19900126
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