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Air Marshal Ravinder Nath Bharadwaj

Service No & Branch 5001 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Oct 1955 Course: 66 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1993 Superannuated Nick Name : Mummy
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1976Acting Gp Capt : 03 May 1979Gp Capt : 01 Jan 1979Acting Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1982
Air Cmde : 01 Jul 1983AVM : 28 Jan 1988Air Marshal : 25 Jun 1990C-in-C : 01 May 1992
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 PAI (Fg Offr) - 02 Feb 196126 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1986
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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 Apr 1979 - Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director, Air Staff Requirement
- Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandSimla Air Officer Commanding
- 01 Oct 1987Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Plans
12 Jul 1982 - 31 Dec 1983Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
13 Jan 1984 - 19 Mar 1986Air CmdeNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor
16 Aug 1988 - 30 Jun 1989AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
03 Jul 1989 - 24 Jun 1990AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
- No.26 Squadron Commodore Commandant
25 Jun 1990 - 30 Apr 1992Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 1992 - 31 Jul 1993Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj has been serving at an Operational Training Unit for over two years. During this period, he has flown a total of 3350 hours. By his hard work and professional skill, he improved the flying skill and ground knowledge of the pilots under training. His capacity and willingness for hard work were a source of inspiration to all officers and airmen.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj displayed professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty.

Unit : OCU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Maha Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date 05 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : Squadron Leader Bhardwaj, a senior pilot in a fighter-bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] , has led a number of operational missions against a variety of enemy targets. On December 5, 1971, he led a raid on an enemy airfield. Although the target was heavily defended by anti-aircraft and small arms fire, he pressed home the attack. He himself set fire to an enemy heavy transport aircraft in one of his attacks, and eventually led his mission safely back to base. On December 7, 1971 , he led another mission this time to heavily defended power station. Here too, his mission succeeded in causing heavy damage, without any loss to our aircraft. On December 10, 1971, he led a close support mission to the Chhamb area. During the first attack, his aircraft as well as that of his number two were hit by ground fire, and as they pulled out of the attacks they were engaged by enemy Sabres. He guided his number two out of danger, and then returned to the fray shooting down a Sabre which crashed inside our lines near the Chhamb bridge. By this time he was alone, but he returned to the attack, against Pakistani tanks and troops, and caused extensive damage to these targets before nursing his damaged aircraft back to base, where he landed safely. He has displayed exceptional gallantry, leadership and bravery in the face of heavy odds, which are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRavinder Nath Bharadwaj5001 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Air Marshal Ravinder Math Bhardwaj was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 08 Oct 55. During his long and distinguished career he has held a number of key Command and Staff appointments with distinction which included command of a fighter Squadron, a frontline fighter base and Senior Air Staff Officer of an Air Force Command.

Commencing his career as a fighter pilot, Air Marshal RN Bhardwaj rapidly established a reputation of a thorough professional. His single minded and decisive approach to military flying became abundantly clear during the lndo-Pak War In 1971. He led a number of missions on heavily defended ground targets of the enemy and caused heavy damage. On 10th Dec 1971 while leading a ground support mission in the Chhamb area, he shot down an enemy Sabre aircraft. For his role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for conspicuous gallantry.

A qualified flying instructor of repute he was placed in Command of a Fighter Squadron in 1974. The Air Officer moulded his squadron into a formidable fighting unit through ceaseless effort close supervision and dedicated involvement with men and material.

An alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College the Air Officer was assigned the Command of a key Air Force Base in the Central Sector in 1982. Displaying rare acumen for management the Air Officer was able to build up a military complex which would be ready to deliver results at short notice despite resource-crunch.

Although the Air Officer has an enviable record of operational service, he was equally at ease in training roles. He held a distinguished tenure as a flying instructor with the Iraqi Air Force. Further, he displayed remarkable flair for management of training needs of the armed forces when he was posted as the Deputy Commandant at National Defence Academy in 1984.

In addition to the operational and training roles the Air Officer's contribution in the staff appointments has both a blend of rich field experience and outstanding ability for clear thinking. As Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Inspection) at Air HQ the Air Officer was able to identify weak areas of field units and suggest corrective measures. Later, as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans), the Air Officer played a crucial role in the formulation of new plans and completing on going ones.

Bringing to bear his vast experience, the Air Officer completed a very successful tenure as Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Training Command in the rank of Air Marshal. The Air Marshal continues to contribute to the operational effectiveness of the Air Force in his present appointment of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.

Air Marshal Ravinder Math Bhardwaj, MVC, VM has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19930126
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