Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to be the next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria taking charge as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff, in New Delhi on May 01, 2019.

The Hush Post | 6:42 pm | One-minute read |

Air Vice Chief Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria will be the next chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Principal Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence today stated that the government has decided to appoint Air Marshal Bhadauria as the Chief of the Air Staff.

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria will replace Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. The incumbent Air Force chief retires on September 30.

The Air Vice Chief is one of the finest pilots of the Indian Air Force. He has clocked over 4250 hours of flying and has experience on 26 different types of fighters.  This includes the Rafale fighter jet. He was the chairman of the Rafale buying team.

Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on 15 June 1980 with the Sword of Honour. He is also an experimental Test Pilot, a Category A qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.

He has been the Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on the Tejas LCA project. Besides, he has held several key operational and administrative appointments at various stages of his service.


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