Anil Yashwant Tipnis

Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC (born 15 September 1940) served as Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force from 31 December 1998 to 31 December 2001. He commanded the Air Force to distinction during the Kargil War, when the force flew air superiority and close air support at heights of over 18,000 feet[1]

A Y Tipnis

BornSeptember 15, 1940
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Years of service20 May 1960 31 December 2001
Rank Air Chief Marshal
UnitNo. 7 Squadron IAF
Commands heldWestern Air Command
AFS Gwalior
23 Sqaudron
Battles/warsKargil War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayu Sena Medal

Early life and education

Anil Yashwant Tipnis was born on 15 September 1940. He did his education at Barnes School, Deolali. After his schooling, he joined the National Defence Academy, (NDA) Pune in January 1956.[2]


Tipnis was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 May 1960. He spent his initial years as an operational pilot in several front line fighter squadrons.[2]

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Flt Lt Tipnis served with The First Supersonics, the 28 Squadron. After the war, Tipnis was deputed to Iraq as a Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI).[2]

Tipnis qualified as a Fighter Combat Leader at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) in 1973.[2]

After attending the Staff College course at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Wing Commander Tipnis took command of 23 Sqaudron quipped with Mig 21 Bison. After this stint, Tipnis was also short-listed (one among four) for the Interkosmos space program.[2]

As an Air Commodore, Tipnis commanded Air Force Station Gwalior which was equipped with Mirage 2000.[2]

He attended the Defence Studies Course at National Defence College in 1989. On promotion to Two-star rank, AVM Tipnis was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Inspection) at Air HQ. He later took over as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) J & K Area.[2]

As an Air Marshal, Tipnis served as Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Eastern Air Command and of Western Air Command. He later served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command from Aug 1995 to March 1997.[3]

Tipnis then moved to Air HQ and served as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff before taking over as the 18th Chief of the Air Staff.[2]

Awards and Decorations

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vayu Sena Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Siachen Glacier Medal
Raksha Medal
Sangram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
High Altitude Service Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary Independence Medal
25th Anniversary Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. "Ex-Chiefs Gallery". Indian Air Force. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  2. "A.Y. TIPNIS PVSM,AVSM, VM, ADC CAS". External link in |website= (help)
  3. "Air Chief Marshal Anil Yeshwant Tipnis".
Military offices
Preceded by
Satish Sareen
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 Dec 1998 - 31 Dec 2001
Succeeded by
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

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