Jasjit Singh (IAF officer)

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Jasjit Singh

Air Commodore Jasjit Singh
Born(1934-07-08)8 July 1934
Died4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 79)
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AllegianceIndia India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Years of service1956-1988
RankIndia-AirForce-OF-6-collected.svgAir Commodore
Service number5100
Unit3 Squadron
Commands heldNo.17 Squadron
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Operation Cactus-Lilly
AwardsAti Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM)
Vayu Sena Medal
Vir Chakra
Padma Bhushan

Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, AVSM, VrC, VM (July 8, 1934 – August 4, 2013) was an Indian military officer, writer, military strategist, and air commodore in the Indian Air Force. He retired as Director of Operations of the Air Force but remained head of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (1987-2001). He was founder-director of the Centre for Air Power Studies, based in Delhi. He was awarded the Vir Chakra during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[1]


Singh was born on July 8, 1934[2] He founded the Air Force think tank, Centre for Air Power Studies, and also remained longest continuously serving director of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) from 1987-2001.[1][3]

In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Government of India.[4]


The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Bhushan to Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, at investiture ceremony in New Delhi on March 29, 2006


  1. ^ a b "PM condoles Air Commodore Jasjit Singh's death, calls him inspirational military leader". Business Standard. Aug 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  2. ^ "Strategic thinker Jasjit Singh passes away". DNA India. Aug 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  3. ^ "Former Directors of IDSA". Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-10.