Air Marshal Sundara takes over IAF maintenance tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) Air Marshal K M Sundara will take over as Air officer-in-charge maintenance at Air Headquarters here tomorrow.

He will be responsible for maintenance management of all weapon systems and equipment of Indian Air Force, a Defence Ministry statement said today.

Graduate in electrical engineering, Air Marshal Sundara, who holds a masters degree in defence studies from Wellington's Defence Services Staff College, has done the senior international defence management course at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterery in United States.

Trained abroad on MiG-23 and Mig-29 fighter aircraft systems, he was involved in induction of these aircraft into IAF and setting up of the MiG-29 overhaul facilities.

Earlier, he had worked as chief engineering officer at Air Force station Kalaikonda besides commanding Air Force station Sulur. As the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (systems), he was responsible for the maintenance of a varied range of radars, communications, armament, guided weapons, avionics modification and system development.

As senior maintenance staff officer at Headquarters Maintenance Command, he oversaw indigenisation and modernisation of all assets of IAF.

A fellow of Institution of Engineers and Institution of Electrical&Tele Communication Engineers and active member of the Aeronautical Society of India, Air Marshal Sundara has a rich and varied experience in various facets of the maintenance organisation in the IAF ranging from fighter aircraft to the ground based communication systems.

For his distinguished service, Air Marshal Sundara was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1994 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2006, the statement added.


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