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Air Marshal Raghu Rajan

Service No & Branch 8997 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2005 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1987Air Cmde : 30 Aug 1993AVM : 01 Jul 1999Air Marshal : 05 Jun 2002
C-in-C : 01 Apr 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196335 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 197918 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Sep 19803 PTP (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Mar 1975
36 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1996
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

28 Jan 1985 - 08 Oct 1986Wg CdrNo.17 SquadronBhatinda Commanding Officer
26 Jun 1986 - 31 Aug 1987Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Sep 1987 - 20 Jul 1989Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
20 Jul 1989 - 26 Jun 1991Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Chief Operations Officer
01 Apr 1991 - 15 Jan 1992Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (B)
22 Jan 1992 - 17 Apr 1993Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
19 Apr 1993 - 04 Feb 1995Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
04 Apr 1995 - 08 Dec 1995Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
01 Oct 1997 - 25 Jun 1999Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
01 Jul 1999 - 06 Jun 2000AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
07 Jun 2000 - 04 Jun 2002AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
01 Mar 2001 - 25 Jun 2006No.18 Squadron Commodore Commandant
05 Jun 2002 - 31 Mar 2004Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Apr 2004 - 30 Apr 2005Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRaghu Rajan8997 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2004Announced 26 Jan 2004
Details :

Air Marshal Raghu Rajan (8997) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot on 25 Dec 64. He has 3091h of accident free flying to his credit. He is an alumnus of Defence Service Staff College and National Defence College. He is a fighter combat leader and also a test pilot. During his distinguished service of over 38 years, he has held several challenging field, staff and instructional appointments, which include Chief Operations Officer at AF Station Srinagar, Commandant TACDE and SAASO at HQ MC. Presently, he is the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters since 05 Jun 02.

As Chief Operations Officer, AF Station Srinagar during 89-91, when militancy gained ascendancy resulting in deterioration in the internal security scenario, he effectively integrated training of AD systems, Interceptor aircrafts, Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), Radars and Mobile Observation Flights (MOFs) to maintain very high operational state. He also arranged integrated training for interdiction and Offensive Air Support roles for Airborne FAC and Army elements. Under his leadership, AF Station Srinagar was adjudged the best in operations in WAC in 1990. As Comdt, TACDE, he carried out a review of Op and annual training syllabi of all fighters units of IAF and also evolved tactics of strike aircraft for beyond visual range (BVR) engagements. It was during this time that the first ever night firepower demonstration was conducted at Sarmat Range involving fighters, tpts and heptrs. He commanded AF Station Jodhpur, which is one of the largest fighter airbases. During his tenure one of the fighter Sqns was adjudged the best fighter Sqn in IAF and two other Sqns based there were judged first and second in the SWAC inter Squadron Gunnery meet. The Mi-8 Sqn, Chetak were also adjudged the best helicopter Sqns. He encouraged local modification of Chetak, Mi-8, MiG23 and SAM units, thereby saving money and manhours. As Head of Air Wing training team at DSSC, he enhanced the quality of syllabi, introduced lectures and exercises on strategy and tactics and Capsules on Leadership and Logistics Management.

As Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, he is responsible for the planning, processing and progressing of the procurement of weapon systems and allied items for Air Force besides acting as a nodal authority for the Indian Air Force for the interface between the IAF, Ministry and Civil agencies in order to expedite the acquisitions. Under his able guidance, a concerted effort was made towards identification of infrastructural improvement in the Air Force and their staggered execution planned. Similarly, special emphasis has been given to planning and coordinating the medium and long-term requirement of Radar & Navigation Aids to improve the operational efficiency.

Air Marshal Raghu Rajan has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20040126

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