New Chief of Air Staff: Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force Air Marshal VR Chaudhari has been appointed the next IAF chief.
The current Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is set to retire on September 30.
Air Marshal Chaudhari is presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff.
About Air Marshal Chaudhari:
- He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
- Air Marshal Chaudhari was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on December 29, 1982.
- He has a flying experience of more than 3,800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Operation Meghdoot, the Air Force’s support to capture Siachen glacier in 1980s, and Operation Safed Sagar (the support provided by the IAF during the Kargil conflict in 1999).
- He has held command, staff and instructional appointments at various levels, including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff.
- He has commanded a frontline fighter squadron and a fighter base during his career.
- He has also held various other positions including the Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy; Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers).
- He is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vayu Sena Medals.
- It is an acronym for the Indian Air Force of India.
- IAF is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces.
- It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.
- With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.
- The present Commander-in-Chief of IAF is Ram Nath Kovind.
- The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force.
- The present Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) is Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, and VM.