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Air Marshal VR Chaudhary new Chief of Air Force; Raphael was instrumental in the purchase of the aircraft

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhary will be the new Chief of the Indian Air Force. VR Chaudhary will take over at the end of this month. He is now the Deputy Chief of the Indian Air Force. The current Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is retiring on September 30. Chaudhary will then take his place. Chaudhary, the deputy chief of the Air Force, had played a key role in the purchase of the Raphael aircraft. He was the head of a bilateral high-level group overseeing the purchase of the fighter Raphael aircraft project in France.

Chaudhary is a student of the National Defense Academy (NDA). He is also a graduate of the Defense Services Staff College. On July 1, 2021, he became the 45th Deputy Chief of Air Staff after Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora. After the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on September 30, 2021, he will take over as the 27th Chief of Air Staff. He has also previously served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Western Air Command.

Vivek Ram Chaudhary has mastered the art of handling various types of fighter jets. They have been part of some of the Air Force’s most important missions. Operation Meghdoot and Operation White Sea were also involved.

Operation Meghdoot 37 years ago was a successful operation of the Indian Armed Forces. This gave the Indian Army full control over the Siachen Glacier in Kashmir. Pakistani forces were then forced to withdraw. The operation was carried out on the morning of April 13, 1984. The Air Force played a key role. Chaudhary was part of the operation.

Chaudhary was appointed as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on December 29, 1982. He is a qualified flight instructor. He has more than 3800 hours of flying experience on various fighter jets including MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30MKI.

 

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