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Air Commodore Kalpathy Annanthakrishna Hariharan

Service No & Branch 5185 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Aug 1956 Course: 69 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 1990 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 25 Aug 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977Gp Capt : 05 Nov 1980Air Cmde : 16 Jul 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
10 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19557 PAI (Fg Offr) - 02 Feb 196127 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1987
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

- 01 Sep 1968Sqn LdrNo.20 SquadronHindon Flight Commander
01 Feb 1968 - 31 Oct 1970Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
19 May 1975 - 14 Sep 1977Wg CdrNo.222 SquadronHalwara/ Ambala Commanding Officer
10 Jul 1982 - 19 Oct 1983Gp Capt47 Signal UnitWadsar Station Commander
01 Jan 1985 - 24 Sep 1986Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
01 Aug 1989 - 31 Aug 1990Air CmdeNCC APSecunderabad Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKalpathy Annanthakrishna Hariharan5185 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Group Captain Kalpathy Anantkrishna Hariharan (5185) was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) branch of the Indian Air Force in 1955. Since commissioning he has held a variety of important command and staff AVSM 1984 appointments. He was in fighter Squadron from 1957 to 1971. He commanded a fighter squadron equipped with supersonic aircraft from 1975 to 1977. He was Chief Instructor at the College of Air Warfare from 1977 to 1980. Besides being a qualified Pilot Attack Instructor, he is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College.

Group Captain Hariharan took over the command of one of the major Signals Unit in October, 1980. This unit is equipped with high power three dimensional radar which is a very sophisticated system inducted recently by the Air Force. Initially the equipment has many operational and logistic problems inhibiting effective utilization of the system. Group Captain Hariharan applied his mind systematically to all the problems and by his initiative, drive and result­oriented leadership, not only brought the unit to full operational status within a very short period but, despite lack of adequate material and system support has also been able to maintain the sophisticated air defence equipment at considerably high level of operational efficiency.

Group Captain Hariharan, by persuasive approach and total dedication to the service interests, has obtained a number of welfare items and concessions from the State Government for the benefit of his men. He also organized substantial gifts and grants from the State Government for other Air Force Station in Gujarat area. By his exemplary conduct with the civil authorities, he has enhanced the image of the Air Force in general.

Under the able leadership of Group Captain Hariharan, the men placed under him have been motivated to excel themselves in their profession and work as an effective team in all fields of activities. By his exceptional devotion to duty, superb handling of men and material, boundless drive to achieve results and exemplary service mindedness, Group Captain Kalpathy Anantkrishna Hariharan has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19840126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
15 Mar 1962Hunter F56BA-359Flt Lt Kalpathy Annanthakrishna Hariharan
17 SqnMAC with Hunter Poon
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