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Air Marshal Sunil Kumar Malik

Service No & Branch 9002 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2005 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4200
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 07 Jan 1988Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1993Acting AVM : 02 Sep 1998
AVM : 30 Mar 1998Air Marshal : 21 Jan 2002C-in-C : 01 Jan 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196353 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 26 Jun 197138 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Nov 198216 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Dec 1979
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

30 Dec 1964 - 08 Nov 1965Plt OffrNo.24 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
15 Nov 1965 - 20 Feb 1967Fg OffrNo.17 SquadronJorhat Squadron Pilot
20 Feb 1967 - 14 Oct 1967Fg OffrNo.18 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
15 Oct 1967 - 21 Dec 1967Fg OffrNo.45 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
22 Dec 1967 - 28 Feb 1968Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1968 - 01 Jan 1971Flt LtNo.47 SquadronHindon Squadron Pilot
26 Jun 1971 - 25 Mar 1974Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
25 Mar 1974 - 08 Feb 1976Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
09 Feb 1976 - 13 Mar 1978Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
14 Mar 1978 - 03 May 1981Sqn LdrNo.22 SquadronBagdogra Flight Commander
04 May 1981 - 09 Jan 1982Sqn LdrAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore 
22 Nov 1982 - 21 Jun 1982Wg Cdr1 WingSrinagar 
21 Jun 1983 - 06 May 1985Wg CdrNo.18 SquadronSrinagar Commanding Officer
06 May 1985 - 18 Aug 1986Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Flying Examiner
18 Aug 1986 - 31 Dec 1986Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
31 Dec 1986 - 31 Aug 1987Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
31 Aug 1987 - 26 Feb 1989Gp Capt11 Forward Base Support UnitSuratgarh Station Commander
01 Mar 1989 - 01 Jun 1989Gp CaptAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
16 Jul 1989 - 03 Jul 1990Gp CaptAir War CollegeUSA Student
03 Jul 1990 - 27 Sep 1993Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Offensive Operations)
01 Oct 1993 - 21 May 1995Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
30 Jul 1995 - 26 Aug 1998Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
01 Aug 1998 - 01 Sep 1999AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
01 Sep 1999 - 12 Jan 2002AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
26 Oct 1998 - 31 Jul 2005No.17 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Feb 2002 - 31 Dec 2003Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
02 Jan 2004 - 30 Sep 2004Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 2004 - 31 Jul 2005Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSunil Kumar Malik9002 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Air Commodore SK Malik was commissioned on 25 Dec 64 as a fighter pilot. He has over 4000 hours of accident free flying to his credit. He has commanded a premier fighter squadron and a wing. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, and Air War College of USA. He has held the appointment of Joint Director of Operations (Offensive) for three years at Air HQ.

Air Commodore SK Malik was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station, Pathankot on 01 Oct 93. He carried out a thorough review of all the Non­Public Fund accounts, updated them and brought them to acceptable service standards. The Air Officer undertook the task of reassessing the operational deployments of Air Defence systems at Air Force Station, Pathankot. Many sites were personally reconnoitered by him and the most optimum ones selected which later proved to be highly successful during the annual WAC major exercise. During his tenure, a major operational work of runway resurfacing was executed with top quality within a record duration of six months.

The average aircraft serviceability improved from 65% in 1992-93 to 74%. The Station was awarded the 'Best Administration Trophy' for the year 1993-94.

Air Commodore Sunil Kumar Malik has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19960126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSunil Kumar Malik9002 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Air Marshal Sunil Kumar Malik AVSM (9002) F(P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch on 25 December 1964. He has over 4200 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Air War College of USA. He is a production test pilot, who has held several key appointments such as Joint Director at Directorate (Offensive Ops), Commanding Officer of the Aircrew Examining Board, Air Attaché Moscow, Air Officer Commanding of two operational bases, Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) and Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at South Western Air Command. He was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1996. Presently he is Vice Chief of Air Staff since 01 October 2004.

As Air Officer Commanding, Air Marshal Malik carried out the task of reassessing the operational deployments of Air Defence systems. He executed a major operational work of runway resurfacing with top quality within a record duration of six months. During his tenure the average aircraft serviceability improved from 65% to 74%.

As Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) during Kargil air operations, Air Marshal Malik made significant contribution in planning the target systems and acquiring intelligence on those. He was also instrumental in harmonising all Electronic Warfare Operations. Major inter service and internal changes were necessitated post-Kargil Review Committee recommendations, for which he effectively planned and brought about organisational changes for better exploitation of intelligence network.

As Senior Air Staff Officer of South Western Air Command, Air Marshal Malik most efficiently and expeditiously brought all the forces to an instant alert status ready to face any challenges. He also ensured that all forces remained deployed with a very high level of operational preparedness with sustained high morale. He organised and executed realistic training exercises for bringing about synergy between Air Defence and Strike Forces. During this period extensive flying training were carried out with the lowest accident rate.

As the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ Southern Air Command, Air Marshal Malik brought about administrative improvements not only in the work environment but also in the quality of life of personnel below officer rank. He was Chairman of an Inter Services Study Group, which was constituted to study and make recommendations in respect of the selection process for NDA, its service training syllabi and other curriculum. The study group under his leadership has made valuable recommendations towards meeting the future requirements of all the three services

Air Marshal Sunil Kumar Malik AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20050126
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