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Air Chief Marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

Service No & Branch 6338 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1961 Course: 80 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2004 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4000 Nick Name : Kicha
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Aircraft Flown: Hunter, Gnat, MiG-21
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Dec 1962Flt Lt : 19 Dec 1966Sqn Ldr : 19 Dec 1972Wg Cdr : 22 Jan 1980
Gp Capt : 30 Nov 1984Air Cmde : 01 Sep 1988AVM : 29 Jul 1993Air Marshal : 01 Feb 1996
C-in-C : 01 Apr 1997Air Chief Marshal : 31 Dec 2001
Training and Other Courses Attended
32 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1992
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 Dec 1971Flt LtEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 30th Course
- Wg CdrUKLondon Deputy Air Advisor
11 Jan 1978 - 27 Oct 1980Wg CdrNo.35 SquadronPune/ Bareilly Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Chief Operations Officer
03 Sep 1987 - 03 Jan 1990Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Requirements)
04 Jan 1990 - 29 Dec 1991Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
17 Feb 1993 - 11 Jul 1993Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
12 Jul 1993 - 31 Jan 1996AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
01 Feb 1996 - 23 Jul 1996Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Apr 1997 - 30 Nov 1997Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Dec 1997 - 31 Oct 1999Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandJohdpur/ Gandhinagar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Nov 1999 - 31 Jul 2001Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Aug 2001 - 31 Dec 2001Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
31 Dec 2001 - 31 Dec 2004Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 5
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtSrinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrSrinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Wing Commander Srinivaspuram Krishna swamy served in Tactical and Air Combat Development Establishment for one year. During this period, he performed the duties of a Flight Commander and a staff pilot and conducted Fighter Combat Leaders' course. As Flight Commander, he carried out the difficult tusk of running the Daily Servicing Section, often working round the clock with a view to ensuring a high standard of performance. He used his professional knowledge as a test pilot to guide airmen/ technicians working under him and motivate them, by personal example, to work hard. It was because of his deep involvement with the maintenance activities of the Daily Servicing Section and also the Repair and Servicing Section, that the establishment was able to meet its commitments. In the air also, he was able to assist in the wide range of complicated operational flying tasks of the establishment. His contribution has not been confined to this establishment alone, he has often been called upon to carry out special test flights on such aircraft as had developed peculiar snags and were unsafe for flying even by experienced Squadron Pilots. Despite the hazards involved in such flights and considering that he is not employed on test flying duties, he has always accepted these commitments willingly and executed the flights ensuring maximum safe by both to the pilot and the aircraft. Because of his deep knowledge, he was asked to give special lectures on aerodynamics to all pilots, even at other bases and thus promoted among them a higher consciousness of flight safety.

Wing Commander Srinivaspuram Krishnaswamy has thus displayed high professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : TACDE
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSrinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Wing Commander Srinivasapuram Krishna swamy was in Command of one the fighter Squadrons since January, 1978. He has a total flying of 3300 hours on 29 different type of aircraft. He is a test pilot and a Fighter Combat Leader of very high caliber.

As the Commanding Officer of a Squadron, he converted both flights equipped with different type of aircraft on the specialized role in a very short time of just seven months. All Squadron aircrew were also made fully operational during the same period. Also under his able leadership the Squadron trained large number of the pilots on Fighter Combat Leader course in specialized role, which has resulted in great improvements in Fighter tactics in the Indian Air Force.

Wing Commander Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy has thus displayed professional competence, leadership and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 35 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1983 - No.1-Pres/83 dated 26th January 1982
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSrinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Air Vice Marshal S Krishnaswamy, VM & Bar was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 19 Dec 61. Throughout his career he has held a variety of key Command and Staff appointments with distinction. These include command of a fighter Squadron, a major Fighter Base, Director Air Staff Requirements and presently as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (ACAS) (Plans) at Air Headquarters.

A qualified Test Pilot and Fighter Combat Leader, the Air Officer was an instructor at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment in 1975-78. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1977. In 1978-80, placed in command of a Fighter Squadron he displayed unique leadership and brought up the Squadron to a high level of combat readiness. He was awarded Bar to VM in 1981. In 1990 the Air Officer was appointed Air Officer Commanding of a fighter base. An alumni of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, the Air Officer was specially selected for a diplomatic assignment at the Indian High Commission in London, UK. On promotion, the Air Officer was selected to hold the appointment of ACAS (Plans). The Air Officer has successfully set up various Modernisation Programmes, namely, MiG upgrade, procurement of EW equipment and other Force Multipliers on a firm footing.

Air Vice Marshal Srinivasapurum Krishnaswamy VM & Bar has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19960126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSrinivasapuram Krishnaswamy6338 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Air Marshal S Krishnaswamy is currently serving as the AOC-In-C of Central Air Command. He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Dec 61. He is a highly qualified professional and has held many important field and staff appointments that include Deputy Air Adviser in London, AOC of a fighter base, DASR and ACAS (Plans) in Air HQ, SASO of an Operational Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. During the long 36 years service, he worked tirelessly toward, enriching the Air Force with his professional acumen, sincerity and devotion.

Air Marshal Krishnaswamy is operational on a variety of aircraft including the Mirage2000. He flew the Gnat during the 1965 war and earned Mention-in-Despatches. Later he qualified to become a test pilot and a Fighter Combat Leader. He made immense contribution as a test pilot in developing the Ajeet and HF-24 aircraft and indigenous weapon systems and has captained near about 35 varieties of aircraft and helicopters. He evaluated the Mirage-2000 and the SU-30 before their induction in Service. In the operational field, he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for his contribution while in the staff of TACDE and a Bar to VM for display of professionalism and leadership while in command of the first Electronic Warfare squadron of the IAF.

During his tenure as DASR and ACAS (Plans) at Air HQ he made significant contribution to the development of Light Combat Aircraft and Advanced Light Helicopter as a member of the Technical Committee and Special Review Committees. As the ACAS (Plans) and later as the DCAS, he led the activities towards casting the Air Force modernisation programme and initiated important acquisitions and aircraft upgrades. He was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his contribution in 1996.

Considering his vast knowledge and experience in the field of aviation, the officer was often called upon to participate in trials and review of many important programmes. He undertook flight testing on combat aircraft even while on staff appointment. In his higher appointments as SASO and AOC-in-C, Air Marshal Krishnaswamy directed his vision towards enhancing the combat worthiness of the Indian Air Force, development of human resource and improving the quality of life. He supervised and conducted Air Force exercises and demonstrations in an exemplary manner. He reviewed and optimised training schedules and facilities at operational bases towards enhancing safety and efficiency.

Air Marshal S Krishnaswamy AVSM, VM and Bar has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19980126

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