Vir Chakra(Posthumous)

Award Vir Chakra
Year of Award 1999 (Independence Day)
Service No 17864
Rank at time of Award SQN LDR
Unit 17 SQN
Father's Name Shri PL Ahuja
Mother's Name N/A
Domicile Kota (Rajasthan)

17864 F(P) Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja was born On22 May 1963 in Kota, Rajasthan. He 

completed hs schooling from Saint Paul’s Sr Sec School, Kota. He later graduated from the 

NDA and was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 14 Jun 1985 in the IAF. By 1999, Sqn Ldr 

Ajay Ahuja had completed about 15 years of service and had evolved into a professionally 

competent pilot and a committed air warriors. As a fighter pilot, Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja flew the 

MIG-23 fighter-bomber and MIG-21 variant and had a flying experience of over, 1,000 hours.

He was also a qualified flying instructor and was extremely popular among his pupils owing 

to his patience and cheerful nature. Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja has moved to the AIRBASE AT 

Bhatinda, on posting in 1987. He had just taken over as the Fight Commander of Sqn No.

17, Golden Arrow’s a specialist photoreconnaissance sqn, when the Kargil War broken in 

May 1999.On 27 May 1999, as part of operation Safed Sagar in Kargill, a photo 

reconnaissance mission was launched ovr the Indian side of the line of control in Kashmir. 

Just as he was about to take flight, Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja was informed that a fellow officer, Flt 

Lt Nachiketa has ejected rom his MIG-27 aircraft after an engine out. Sqn Ajay Ahuja took it 

upon himself to locate his fellow officer and stayed over infiltrator held positions to help the 

rescue attempts. Despite the threat of surface-to-air missiles in the area he stayed on and by

sheer perseverance, could locate the possible location of the crashed aircraft and the pilot.

Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja passed on the crucial information to the mission control room to enable 

them to launch the rescue helicopter. However, a shoulder-fired FIM-92 Stinger missile hit 

his MIG-27 fighter, C-1539. Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja gave a raid call – “Hercules, something has 

hit my plane, possibility of missile hit cannot be ruled out, I am ejecting over … (location).”. 

With exemplary presence of mind and professionalism, he attempted to steer the aircraft 

towards a safer area. But when the aircaraft engine flamed out, Sqn Ldr Ahuja had no choice

but to eject. He ejected sately and had the presence of mind to transmit his last recorded 

ground position. But under dubious circumstances he got killed and was martyred. The body 

of Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja was handed over to Indian authorities by Pakistan on 28 May 199.

Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja displayed exceptional courage in going beyond the call of duty for 

carrying out the assigned search mission. Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja was given the gallantry award,

“Vir Chakra” posthumously for his undaunted courage, professionalism and supreme 

sacrifice. His wife Alka and son Ankush survive Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja.

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