Service: Air Force

Last Rank: Air Commodore

Unit : AF Stn Jamnagar

Date of Martyrdom :June 05, 2018

Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan

Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan had joined the IAF in the flying branch and was trained to be a fighter pilot. He had put in over twenty years of service and had served in various Air Force bases in different appointments. He was an experienced pilot and had developed expertise in various air operations during his long service career. He had the experience of flying fighter aircraft of different types and was functioning as Air Officer Commanding of the premier Air Base located at Jamnagar in Gujarat.


IAF Jaguar Crash: 05 June 2018


During 2018, Air Cmde Sanjai Chauhan was commanding the prestigious Air Force Station at Jamnagar in Gujarat. The Air Force base at Jamnagar is a front line airbase having a fighter squadron of Jaguar aircraft. Jaguar is a multi-role aircraft and was built under license from SEPECAT, an Anglo-French consortium. Over the years, IAF has been upgrading the fleet of jaguars with modern avionics, radar systems, and modern engines, to keep them airworthy and potent fighter machines. Air Cmde Chauhan was an ace fighter pilot who loved his profession of flying and always tried hard to excel in mission-critical air operations. On 05 June 2018, Air Cmde Chauhan was scheduled to undertake an operational training sortie on Jaguar aircraft.


Air Cmde Chauhan carried out the pre-flight checks and took off in his jaguar aircraft on the morning of 05 June 2018 as planned. However, the aircraft developed some unexpected snag immediately after takeoff. The emergency situation developed too sudden and Air Cmde Chauhan did not get enough time to take necessary measures to control the aircraft. Consequently, the aircraft crashed near Beraja-Ramaniya village in Mundra Taluk of Kutch district in Gujarat. Air Cmde Chauhan got wounded badly and later succumbed to his injuries.


Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan was a highly experienced and professionally competent pilot who laid down his life in the service of the nation, like a true air warrior.

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  • Neha Taneja

    2021at6:35 pm Reply

    Words will always fall short whenever we decide to thank you but I would still like to try. Every person wants to save guard their family from danger and threats but thank you for raising and nurturing a person who was so courageous and brave that he decided to not only to safe guard his own family but all the families that reside in this country. Their bravery and love for this country may never be understood by us but shall always be respected, remembered and thanked!
    Thank you so much Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan for your service. Always in our prayers.

  • Anushri Balaji

    2021at5:14 pm Reply

    Thank you sir for your service, the nation shall always be proud and salute to you for your sacrifice. Jai Hind.

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