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Air Marshal Ranjit Singh Bedi

Service No & Branch 5120 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Apr 1956 Course: 68 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1993 Superannuated Nick Name : Ranji
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1957Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1961Sqn Ldr : 01 Apr 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977
Acting Gp Capt : 24 Apr 1978Gp Capt : 18 Sep 1979Acting Air Cmde : 06 Feb 1984Air Cmde : 19 Oct 1984
AVM : 01 Feb 1989Air Marshal : 27 May 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
9 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195411 PAI (Flt Lt) - 21 Dec 196226 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1986
Badges Qualified
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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

02 Apr 1956 - 20 Sep 1956Plt OffrConversion Training UnitHakimpet U/T Pilot
21 Sep 1956 - 14 Feb 1957Plt OffrNo.1 SquadronJamnagar Squadron Pilot
15 Feb 1957 - 21 Dec 1958Fg OffrNo.27 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
22 Dec 1958 - 02 Sep 1962Flt LtNo.7 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
24 Dec 1962 - 31 Dec 1964Flt LtNo.27 SquadronHalwara Squadron Pilot
03 Jan 1965 - 12 Nov 1966Sqn LdrNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Pilot
14 Nov 1966 - 05 Jul 1971Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
05 Jul 1971 - 04 Mar 1975Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi AD (Inspection)
05 Mar 1975 - 20 Nov 1976Wg CdrNo.27 Squadron Commanding Officer
21 Nov 1976 - 19 Apr 1978Wg Cdr11 Forward Base Support UnitSuratgarh Station Commander
24 Apr 1978 - 03 May 1979Gp Capt1 Tactical Air CenterJallandhar Commanding Officer
04 May 1979 - 13 Jul 1981Gp Capt33 WingJamnagar Chief Operations Officer
13 Jul 1981 - 21 Dec 1983Gp Capt503 Signal UnitArjangarh Station Commander
06 Jan 1984 - 10 Feb 1986Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
24 Nov 1986 - 31 Oct 1988Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Defence)
14 Sep 1987 - No.27 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Nov 1988 - 27 May 1991AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
27 May 1991 - 10 May 1992Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
18 May 1992 - 30 Nov 1993Air MarshalIntegrated Defence StaffDelhi Director General (Defence Planning Staff)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrRanjit Singh Bedi5120 F(P)Award Date 23 Jan 1970Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

On 23rd January 1970, Squadron Leader Ranjit Singh Bedi was leading a formation of four aircraft during a rehearsal of the Republic Day Flypast. When on the final run in, at approximately 500 ft above ground level, the port stabilator of his aircraft was hit and damaged by another aircraft in the formation, causing it to roll over on to its back. He showed remarkable presence of mind and professional skill in regaining control of his aircraft and thereby averting a serious mishap. He has been a Flight Commander in a Fighter Squadron for over three years. He has successfully converted a large number of pilots on the type of aircraft with which his Squadron is equipped.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ranjit Singh Bedi displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 45 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMRanjit Singh Bedi5120 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

AVM Ranjit Singh Bedi VM (5120) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF on 01 Apr 60 and was assigned to the Fighter Stream. Since then he has held a number of prestigious command and staff appointments. He has commanded a Combat sqn and a Premier Aircraft Base in the Western Sector with distinction. He has also held command of a major Air Defence Direction Center and has been Director of Air Defence at Air HQs.

In 1971, while posted as the Flight Commander of a Front Line Combat Sqn, the officer was awarded Vayu Seva Medal for high professional ability, courage and devotion to duty. The officer continued to show these qualities in high measure when subsequently given command of a Sqn.

As Air Office Commanding a Major Base in the Western Sector, the officer displayed exceptional professional acumen and managerial abilities in bringing about all round improvements. His contribution towards increasing the utilization of Air to Ground Range, under his control, was particularly significant. Under his dynamic leadership the flying environment, maintenance infras­tructure and administrative facilities of the Station showed marked improvement. Through personal examples and refined man-management techniques, he was able to infuse a spirit of dedication and hard work amongst all personnel under his Command, thereby bringing the Station to a high state of operational preparedness in a very short time.

After graduating from NDC in 1986, the officer was appointed Director of Air Defence at Air HQ. During his tenure, he was instrumental in bringing about far reaching changes and improvements in the Air Defence environment of the country through innovative refinement of tactical doctrines, successful induction of state of art sensors and effective integration of newly installed Plan Adges equipment in the overall Air Defence system. His contribution as Director Air Defence has significantly enhanced the Air Defence capabilities of the Nation. His forward planning in this sphere has ensured that the process of upgradation of Air Defence potential would continue unhindered. On promotion to the rank of AVM in Nov 88, he was appointed Senior Officer Incharge Administration of a premier operational Command. While discharging his onerous responsibilities in this prestigious appointment with his usual professionalism and dedication, AVM Bedi was given additional task of organizing Air Power Demonstration at Tilpat range. The task of such magnitude not only required utmost attention to minutest details in planning but also coordination of time bound activities by a large number of civil and military agencies. This complex administrative plan was executed within the exacting time from with optimum economy, despite innumerable difficulties and bottlenecks, entirely because of AVM Bedi's inspired leadership, meticulous planning and sustained hard work. As a result he was able to make faultless administrative arrangements for a telling demonstration of the country's Air Power not only to the high dignitaries and diplomatic corps but also to the nation as a whole.

Air Vice Marshal Ranjit Singh Bedi VM has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19900126
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