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Air Commodore Ravish Malhotra

Service No & Branch 7673 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1994
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 08 Feb 1982Gp Capt : 19 May 1986Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
23 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 19626 AFC (USAF) (Plt Offr) - 14 Apr 196533 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 26 Nov 1977
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

08 Sep 1975 - Sqn LdrHALBangalore Test Pilot
18 Sep 1981 - 01 Sep 1982Wg CdrAir Force Test Pilots SchoolBangalore Officer Commanding
10 Dec 1984 - 09 Mar 1986Gp CaptNo.35 SquadronBareilly Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1986 - 01 Aug 1988Gp CaptAir Force Test Pilots SchoolBangalore Officer Commanding
08 Aug 1988 - 31 Dec 1990Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Test Pilot
03 Jan 1991 - 24 Dec 1992Air Cmde28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
21 Jun 1993 - 30 Apr 1994Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Kirti Chakra
Wg CdrRavish Malhotra7673 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1985Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

In January, 1982, it was decided that a joint Indo-Soviet Space mission would be launched in 1984. Wg Cdr Ravish Malhotra responded most readily to a call for Indian cosmonaut volunteers. After a very rigorous selection process, including a most stringent medical examination which covered weightlessness and other strenuous mental and physical tests associated with space flights, he was declared fully fit and was selected as one of the two cosmonaut candidates from among 150 highly qualified and experienced pilots of the Air Force.

Wg Cdr Ravish Malhotra underwent an extremely demanding training schedule as cosmonaut at the YURI GAGARIN CENTER in USSR for 18 months and completed the same with great credit and distinction. During his training he displayed unflinching dedication, outstanding zeal, exceptional professionalism and courage. His commitment to his training as a cosmonaut, which involved many challenges and hazards, was total and complete. This not only won him many an accolade from all quarters of the training centre but indeed has been a matter of pride for the nation. He thus kept himself in complete readiness for the First joint Indo-Soviet Space Venture on 3rd April, 1984. Since only one Indian Cosmonaut was to go into space, Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma was finally selected for the flight.

Wg Cdr Ravish Malhotra during his entire period of training has thus displayed conspicuous gallantry and courage.

Unit : Indo Soviet Space
Reference : Gazette of India , 19th May 1984 - No.58 - Pres/85 dated 7th May 1985
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