Air Marshal RD Mathur AVSM VSM is an alumnus of St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun, where he topped the 1976 ICSE batch. He joined the National Defence Academy in 1978 and was First in the Order of Merit in the BSc Course. Commissioned in the fighter stream on 04 Jun 1982, the officer has over 5000 hours of flying experience, including more than 400 hrs on helicopters.
An IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) veteran, he was deployed in Sri Lanka in 1988-89, where he flew tens of live operational missions in the Mi-25, often encountering hostile ground fire.
The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor (Category A) and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He has commanded 15 Squadron, the Flying Lances, and an important airbase in the Western sector. He has tenanted operational as well as staff appointments in three major Commands of the IAF: WAC, SWAC and EAC. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College.
He has served at Air HQ as Principal Director (Information and Electronic Warfare) and as Assistant Chief of Air Staff ( Space). For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2003 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 by the President of India.
The officer underwent the regular Basic Para Jump Course as an Air Marshal and earned his Para Brevet in 2017. He is a keen horse rider and an electronics hobbyist.
He is married to Mrs Shipra Mathur and they are blessed with two daughters.