Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy PVSM, AVSM, VM and Bar (born Madras January 1943) was the 19th Chief of Air Staff (India) from 2001 to 2004.[1] He started the first electronic warfare command in the Indian Air Force and was awarded the Agni Award for Self Reliance in August 1999 for promoting indigenous development in the Indian Armed services.[2] He fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and flew the Folland Gnat. He later joined Aircraft and System Training Establishment as a test pilot.[3] He went on to command Western, South-Western and Central Air Commands.[4]

Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

Born (1943-01-18) 18 January 1943
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Years of serviceDecember 1961 – 31 December 2004
Rank Air Chief Marshal
UnitNo. 3 Squadron IAF
Commands heldSirsa Air Force Station
Halwara Air Force Station
Western Air Command
Indian Air Force
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Kargil War

Military Awards and Decorations

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vayu Sena Medal
General Service Medal
Samar Seva Star
Siachen Glacier Medal
Raksha Medal
Sangram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
High Altitude Service 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. Rajagopalan, Rajesh; Mishra, Atul (2015). Nuclear South Asia: Keywords and Concepts. Routledge. p. 172. ISBN 9781317324768.
  2. "Air Chief Marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy - India's Air Force Chief". Defense News. 18 August 2003. p. 54 via NewsBank.
  3. "S Krishnaswamy PVSM, AVSM, VM & Bar CAS | Indian Air Force | Government of India". Indian Air Force. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. "New IAF, Navy chiefs clear way for CDS - Times of India". The Times of India. 31 October 2001.
Military offices
Preceded by
Madhvendra Singh
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
Succeeded by
Nirmal Chander Vij
Preceded by
Anil Tipnis
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 December 2001 – 31 December 2004
Succeeded by
Shashindra Pal Tyagi

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