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Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu

Service No & Branch 7675 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1990 Flying Hours : 2663
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 May 1982Gp Capt : 19 May 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 AFC (USAF) (Fg Offr) - 01 Oct 1965
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

18 Mar 1982 - 15 Apr 1985Wg CdrNo.221 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
- 31 Jul 1990Gp CaptNCC Bombay BMumbai Group Commander
- 01 Dec 1985Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1A
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptHemant Vishnu Khatu7675 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 28 Oct 63. He has 2,663 hours of flying to his credit. During his 24 years of service he has held various prestigious and important appointments.

As a member of the directing staff at the prestigious Tactics and Combat Development Establishment Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu efforts were largely responsible for the creation of the publication Fighter Forum - a fighter tactics magazine on the lines of the USAF's Fighter Weapon Review.

Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu commanded a fighter squadron for a little over two years. During his tenure he was responsible for the introduction of numerous innovations many of which have since become standard concepts. The Squadron also became the first to operate supersonic aircraft from one of the world's highest airfields.

After an outstanding tenure as a squadron Commander, Group Captain Khatu was inducted into an operational command as the Ops 1A - a coveted and prestigious appointment. In this capacity, he brought all his flying experience and innovative thinking to bear on the planning of operational activities of the combat forces. It was at his initiative that high altitude live firing by supersonic aircraft was introduced in the Command.

In all the assignments entrusted to him, Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, leadership of a high order and exemplary devotion to duty.

For exceptional competence in his profession, innovative thinking and devotion to duty, the president is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Hemant Vishnu Khatu.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19880126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Sep 1983MiG-23 BNSM-246Wg Cdr Hemant Vishnu Khatu
221 SqnBird Hit at 200 MSL,
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