Air Marshal Balakrishnan Manikantan takes over as AOC-in-C Southern Air Command

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Air Marshal Balakrishnan Manikantan takes over as AOC-in-C Southern Air Command

Air Marshal Balakrishnan Manikantan took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Southern Air Command on May 1, 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • He is an alumnus of Sainik School Kazhakootam and National Defense Academy, and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on June 7, 1986.

  • Manikantan has flown over 5400 hours on various types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and is a Helicopter Combat Leader and a Type Qualified Flying Instructor.

  • He has completed instructional tenure at National Defense Academy and Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).

  • He has commanded a frontline helicopter unit and two major IAF stations, and has held the appointments of Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer (SAASO) at HQ Maintenance Command and ACIDS Int-C at HQ IDS, responsible for international defence cooperation .

  • Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Senior Air Force Officer handling Air Operations at the Eastern Air Command.

  • The Air Marshal is a recipient of the Presidential Awards of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM).

About Indian Air Force

  • It is a branch of the Indian Armed Forces responsible for defending Indian airspace and conducting air operations in times of war.

  • Its main objective is to protect the sovereignty of the country by defending against any potential air threats and providing air support during military operations.

Establishment - 26 January 1950

Headquarters - Integrated Defense Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi

Motto - Nabhaḥ spṛṣṭa deeptam ("Touch the sky with glory")

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