|Service No & Branch||7108 AE(L)|
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|Date of Birth: 01 Jul 1938||Commissioned: 30 Jan 1963||Course: 22 DEO Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 30 Jun 1993 / Died on 02 Dec 2017 (79 Years age)|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Sqn Ldr||Sabhapathy Damodran||7108 AE(L)||Award Date 26 Jan 1982||Announced 26 Jan 1982|
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Squadron Leader Sabhapathy Damodran (7108) AE (L) has been on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot since April 1974. During 78-79 Air HQ had requirement of fitment of IFF Mk X equipment on type 69 aircraft for which neither the mod kit nor engineering data was available. The task was proposed to be assigned to HAL (New Delhi) who declined to undertake development and fitment of mod in the absence of electrical and structural drawings of the aircraft which were not available from USSR.
The task was quite difficult due to nonavailability of proper materials, manufacturing facilities for various structural components, design drawings, load distribution data and other details. The most difficult problem was to accommodate the control panel of the equipment in the cockpit lay out. However the standard central panel was fitted by the team with ingenuity and certain adjustments.
The officer succeeded in the fitment of IFF Mk X and Collins V/UHF communication equipment and evolved mod leaflets for both modifications in MiG trainer aircraft. The flight trials of IFF Mk X were successfully completed in April, 1981. The officer had put in dedicated work to make available installation materials locally, fabricated structural fitments and looms and completed the task in record time of six months. It is commendable on the part of the officer that these two modifications were carried out expeditiously within Air Force resources to meet the operational requirements.
Squadron Leader Damodran has thus displayed sound professional knowledge, exceptional efficiency and high degree of technical competence, initiative and drive with untiring efforts in carrying out the modification. The Rashtrapti is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Sabhapathy Damodran.
|Unit : TACDE|
|Reference : GoI19820126|