Thursday, September 1, 2011

New AoC-in-C Of IAF's Maintenance Command, Nagpur--Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra

Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Maintenance Command at its Nagpur Headquarters today, i.e., on 01 Sep 11.

Air Mshl J Chandra is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering and a post graduate in computer technology. He was commissioned in the Electronic stream of IAF’s Engineering Branch on 08 Jul 1976. A versatile technical officer, he has a rich experience on a wide range of Aircraft Radar, Communication, Weapons and Information Technology systems of IAF. He is trained in France on Mirage-2000 Computerized Maintenance Management.

In his address to the Air Warriors of the Maintenance Command IAF on taking over the charge, Air Mshl Chandra said “The units of Maintenance Command have a vital role to play so that IAF retains its cutting edge in combat preparedness. Technology is advancing at a very rapid pace and the state of art equipment is under induction. In order to maintain aircraft and equipment with required operational efficiency, it is incumbent for all of us to quickly absorb the technology and new methods”.

While speaking to the Commanders, he further stated that having adopted the year 2011 as year of consolidation and maintenance, there is a need to identify areas of concern affecting operational assets, availability and evolve strategies to enhance logistical & maintenance support to operational unit.

Prior to assuming the responsibilities as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Air Marshal held the appointment of Director General (Systems) at Air Headquarters. He has held various field and staff appointments as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, South Western Air Command at Gandhi Nagar, Air Officer Commanding of a Radar & Communication Base Repair Depot at Palam, Command Signals Officer (Air) at South Western Air Command, Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Hakimpet and Joint Director Engineering (Mirage 2000) at Air Headquarters. Air Marshal Chandra firmly supports Innovation, Indigenisation and Self reliance as Key issues for enhancing the productivity, maintenance standards and assets availability.

For his exceptional service, spanning over 35 years, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 January 2011 and Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 January 1993. Earlier, he was commended by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command on 15 August 1988.

Wing Cdr Mahesh Upasani

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