Service No : 22739-A F(P)

Date of Birth : March 8, 1972

Place of birth : Belgaum Dist (K'taka)

Last Rank : Flight Lieutenant

Unit : 152 HU

Arm/Regt : Indian Air Force

Operation : Op Vijay

Awards : Vayu Sena Medal

Martyrdom : May 28, 1999

Flight Lieutenant Subramanian Muhilan

Flt Lt S Muhilan hailed from Belgaum in Karnataka and was born on 08 March 1972. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Science in July 1992 from Bangalore and later joined the Air Force as a cadet after clearing the Combined Defence Services Examination. He was commissioned into IAF on 18 December 1993 at the age of 21 years as a pilot. He got trained as a helicopter pilot as part of 152 Pilots' Course. After serving for a couple of years in various helicopter units Flt Lt S Muhilan got posted to 152 Helicopter Unit on 02 March 1998 which was operating Mi-17 helicopters.


Flt Lt S Muhilan was a very passionate flier and a highly dedicated officer. He had over 1250 hrs of flying to his credit and was considered to be one of the best shot in rocketry. He was a professionally competent helicopter pilot and had experience in flying both the Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. His flying skills would enable accurate delivery of lethal weapons against well entrenched positions. Intimately familiar with high-altitude operations, his experience was an asset to the IAF during its operations.


Drass Air Operation (Kargil War) : 28 May 1999


During 1999, Flt Lt S Muhilan was serving with No 152 squadron Helicopter Unit, since 02 Mar 1998. By May 1999, a large-scale planned infiltration by militants backed by the Pakistan army, had been detected in Uri, Batallik and Drass sectors, and Indian Armed Forces were ordered to clear the areas of the intruders. Along with the operations by the Army, IAF also undertook air operations to meet the objective. One such operation was undertaken by 152 Squadron in the Drass sector. On May 28, Flt Lt S Muhilan was flying as a captain of a Mi-17 helicopter during an attack mission against ground positions strongly held by Pakistani infiltrators in the Drass sector. The enemy forces were well entrenched and were equipped with anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles to take on possible air attacks. Flt Lt S Muhilan with his Mi-17 helicopter repeatedly carried out attacks in the face of fierce enemy opposition in the form of ground fire and missiles.


Unfortunately in one of the retaliatory actions by the enemy forces his helicopter got hit by the US-made Stinger SAM(surface-to-air missile). Since the helicopter took a direct hit the damage caused was massive and the aircrew had no time to take any emergency maneuvers. The helicopter crashed and the valiant air crew comprising Sqn Ldr Rajiv Pundir, Flt Lt S Muhilan, Sgt Raj Kishor Sahu and Sgt PVNR Prasad were martyred. Flt Lt S Muhilan was a valiant air warrior and a committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 27 years in the service of the nation.


Flt Lt S Muhilan is survived by his wife Smt Bina Muhilan and son, Dhruv.

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  • Ashwini Patil

    2023at4:33 pm Reply


  • Vasanthi Murali

    2023at4:34 pm Reply

    A brave son of the soil. You will always be remembered..

  • Vineet Arora

    2023at4:35 pm Reply

    Salute to the martyr .


    2023at4:36 pm Reply

    In reply to Dr K Santosh iyer.
    Salute and hat off

  • Ravindra Chobari

    2023at4:37 pm Reply

    A great son of India.

  • Gp Capt Bhanu Johri VM

    2023at4:38 pm Reply

    His smiling face is what I distinctly remember. Can never forget.
    Deep Regards

  • Dr K Santosh iyer

    2023at4:40 pm Reply

    Muhil…as he was fondly calles by us..his juniors was a class apart. Very passionate in what he believed, leaving no stone unturned to spread knowledge and love..

  • Dattatraya. P . Kulkarni

    2023at4:41 pm Reply

    He was studying in RLS college Belgaum

  • Vasudev Modekar

    2023at4:41 pm Reply

    You will be always remembered..for your great job to Nation…

  • Sajit Khan

    2023at4:42 pm Reply

    You will always be remembered, bro !!
    I remember you from our school days while I was 2 years junior to you . Your witty nature, your street smartness and your self discipline was always admired by me . I had the pleasure of being with you when we were together in 8 (Kar) Air Squadron NCC. Again, you were senior to me there as well and while I was still learning to be a glider Pilot, you had already completed your solo flight and had won the distinction of being a “ Glider Pilot “ way back in 91-92.
    Throughout these years of learning, I adored you as my mentor.
    Rest In Peace bro !
    Miss you!!

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