Air Marshal VR Chaudhari - Know all about VR Chaudhari Next Chief Of Air Staff

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : September 27th, 2021

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari: Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari will be the next Chief of the Indian Air Force, according to the Ministry of Defence. After the incumbent Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria retires on September 30, 2021, he will take up the position. Air Marshal Chaudhari is now the Vice Chief (VC) of Air Staff and will take over as the top commander of the Indian Air Force at the month-end. The Ministry of Defence just notified him of his appointment.

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Who is Vivek Ram Chaudhari, the next Chief of Air Staff?

On 1st July, this year, Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari was named Vice Chief of Air Staff, the Air Force's second-highest position. Prior to this position, he had command, staff, and instructional positions at various levels.

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Previous Work Experience:

  • He had previously served as the Eastern Air Command's Senior Air Staff Officer and as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters.
  • Prior to becoming deputy chief in July, Chaudhari was the commander-in-chief of the Western Air Command, the IAF's largest air command, which is responsible for parts of both Pakistan and China's borders.
  • The Western Air Command is also in charge of safeguarding Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a 16-month standoff since May 2020.
  • He was a member of the Contract Negotiating Committee for the Rafale warplanes agreement and later became one of the Indian Air Force's first pilots to fly the Rafale fighters.

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  • He has flown aircraft such as the MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29, and Su-30 MKI fighter jets, totalling over 3,800 hours of flight time.
  • He has also served as the commander of a frontline fighter squadron and a frontline fighter base.

His Graduation:

  • Vivek Ram Chaudhari, a graduate of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, has previously commanded a frontline fighter squadron and a fighter base.
  • After graduation from the NDA (National Defence Academy), Air Marshal Chaudhari joined the Indian Air Force's fighter stream on 29th December 1982.
  • He has also served as the Air Force Academy's Deputy Commandant, the Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (of Air Defence), and the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (of Personnel Officers).

What will he do after becoming Air Chief Marshall?

Following his appointment as Chief of Air Staff on September 30, Air Marshal Chaudhari will be in charge of a number of operational concerns in the Indian Air Force, as well as issues relating to India's new catheterization model of armed forces.

List of Air Chief Marshal of India (from 1947 to 2021)

Name

Rank

Tenure

Sir Thomas Elmhirst

Air Marshal

15 August 1947 to 23 February 1950

Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman

Air Chief Marshal

23 February 1950 to 9 December 1951

Gerald Gibbs

Air Marshal

10 December 1951 to 31 March 1954

Subroto Mukerjee

Air Marshal

1 April 1954 to 31 March 1955

Aspy Engineer

Air Marshal

1 December 1960 to 31 July 1964

Arjan Singh

Air Chief Marshal

1 August 1964 to 15 July 1969

Pratap Chandra Lal

Air Chief Marshal

16 July 1969 to 15 January 1973

Om Prakash Mehra

Air Chief Marshal

16 January 1973 to 31 January 1976

Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

Air Chief Marshal

1 February 1976 to 30 August 1978

Idris Hasan Latif

Air Chief Marshal

1 September 1978 to 30 August 1981

Dilbagh Singh

Air Chief Marshal

1 September 1981 to 3 September 1984

Lakshman Madhav Katre

Air Chief Marshal

3 September 1984 to 1 July 1985

Denis La Fontaine

Air Chief Marshal

3 July 1985 to 31 July 1988

Surinder Mehra

Air Chief Marshal

1 August 1988 to 31 July 1991

Nirmal Chandra Suri

Air Chief Marshal

31 July 1991 to 31 July 1993

Swaroop Krishna Kaul

Air Chief Marshal

1 August 1993 to 31 December 1995

Satish Sareen

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 1995 to 31 December 1998

Anil Yashwant Tipnis

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 1998 to 31 December 2001

Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 2001 to 31 December 2004

Shashindra Pal Tyagi

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 2004 to 31 March 2007

Fali Homi Major

Air Chief Marshal

31 March 2007 to 31 May 2009

Pradeep Vasant Naik

Air Chief Marshal

31 May 2009 to 31 July 2011

Norman Anil Kumar Browne

Air Chief Marshal

31 July 2011 to 31 December 2013

Arup Raha

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 2013 to 31 December 2016

Birender Singh Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal

31 December 2016 to 30 September 2019

Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal

30 September 2019 to 30 September 2021

Vivek Ram Chaudhari

Air Chief Marshal

30 September 2021 to Incumbent

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  • Sir Thomas Elmhirst was the first Air Marshal of Indian Air Force.

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  • The highest rank in India's IAF is Marshal of the Air Force, which is conferred by the President of India only in exceptional circumstances. There have been 26 Air Chief Marshal in the Indian Air Force to date.

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