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Air Marshal Machanda Chinapa Uthaya

Service No & Branch 5627 AE(L) (Orig: SIGS)
Date of Birth: 23 Oct 1937 Commissioned: 24 Nov 1958 Course: 15 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 1995 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Mar 1960Sqn Ldr : 01 Mar 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 1978Acting Gp Capt : 29 Oct 1981
Gp Capt : 02 Jun 1983Air Cmde : 01 Jun 1986AVM : 01 Jan 1990Air Marshal : 25 Apr 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
26 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1986
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg Cdr8 WingAdampur Chief Engineering Officer
29 Oct 1981 - 28 Nov 1983Gp CaptCentral Servicing Development OrganisationKanpur Commanding Officer
- AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
03 Oct 1989 - 31 Jan 1991AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
01 Feb 1991 - 31 Jan 1994Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General Radar & Communication Project Office
04 Feb 1994 - 31 Oct 1995Air MarshalPSO: Maintenance, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalMachanda Chinapa Uthaya5627 AELAward Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Air Marshal MC Uthaya was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch of IAF on 24 Nov 58. During his long and distinguished service career, the Air Officer has held various key field and staff appointments such as Air Officer Commanding of a signal unit, Directorate of Plan ADGES (Air Defence Ground Environment System) and Chief Programme Director ASWAC (Aerospace Warning and Control). He has also been an alumnus of the National Defence College. The Air Officer has been Staff Officer responsible for all technical maintenance at HQ Training Command and HQ Western Air Command. Subsequently he took over as Director General RCPO (Radar and Communication Project Organisation) responsible for system engineering and installation of Radar and Tropo communication links throughout the IAF as part of ADGES plan.

The Air Officer was appointed Air Officer incharge Maintenance at Air HQ on 01 Feb 94. Despite two major constraints, namely, depleted funds availability due to financial crunch and declining product support from the erstwhile Soviet Union, the Air officer effectively handled the maintenance management of IAF to keep up its operational preparedness. Air Marshal Uthaya with his technical acumen and administrative ability braved the challenge to ensure that the operational requirements were not unduly impaired or adversely affected. A number of projects to expedite indigenisation effort have been initiated under his watchful eyes and the successful implementation of these would greatly help tide over the crisis situation created by shortages of many imported items.

Air Marshal MC Uthaya has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19960126
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