Admiral Devender Sudan


A 37-year veteran of the Indian Navy, he headed several organizations with leadership positions and successfully directed teams through challenging assignments. A naval aviator and a fighter pilot, he has operated extensively from the aircraft carrier. In his role as the Head of Indian Naval Aviation, his overall responsibilities encompassed Aviation Policy development, Aircraft Acquisition, Programme Management, Budgeting and Human Resource Management. Admiral Sudan ensured timely scheduled induction of new generation aircraft (Mig-29K, P-8i (Boeing 737-800), Kamov 31 and Hawk aircrafts). Steered the Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) development programme with DRDO/ADA and HAL. Planned and contracted procurement of Chetak, Advanced Light Helicopter and Dornier aircraft. He also commanded Indian Navy’s largest Airbase and international airport at Goa.

As Commanding Officer of four frontline ships, INS Mumbai (Destroyer), INS Ranjit (Destroyer), INS Khanjar (Corvette) and INS Veer (Missile Boat), he operated extensively in the Indo-Pacific region. Admiral Sudan, as Senior Directing Staff at the National Defence College, New Delhi, was associated with the multi-service institution, providing future decision makers with the necessary skills and background for assuming higher responsibility in direction and management of national security and associated fields. He successfully guided Senior Officers from the Armed Forces, Civil Services and friendly Foreign Countries on strategic thinking in the realm International Relations, Public Policy, Economic Security, Strategy and Defence.

Admiral Sudan is adept at developing and implementing various policies and best practices and steering multiple projects involving acquisition and induction of new generation aircraft. He is in-charge of the defence aviation arm at Sentilius®.