Who is the Chief of Air Force? - Current Air Chief Marshal of Indian Air Force

By Priya Gupta|Updated : September 6th, 2022

Vivek Ram Chaudhari is the current Chief of Air Force in India. The Indian Air Force is the fourth largest in the world and was officially established on 08 October 1932. It is responsible for securing Indian Air Space and conducting aerial warfare during armed conflict. The Chief of the Indian Air Force is the head and the commander of the Air Force Staff. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari is the current Chief of the Indian Air Force.

VR Chaudhari is the Chief of Air Force

  • He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Flying Instructors’ School and Defence Service Staff College, Wellington.
  • Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM ADC was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in 1982.
  • He has a rich experience of operational flying of over 3800 hours.
  • He became the 27th CAS succeeding Air Chief MarshalRakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on 30 September 2021.

List of Air Chief Marshal of Indian Air Force (1947-2022)

In the following table, we are sharing a list of Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force from India’s Independence from 1947 to 2022.

S. NO

Name

Rank

Appointment Date

Left Office

1

Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst

Air Marshal

15 Aug 1947

21 Feb 1950

2

Ronald Ivelaw Chapman

Air Marshal

22 Feb 1950

09 Dec 1951

3

Sir Gerald Ernest Gibbs

Air Marshal

10 Dec 1951

31 Mar 1954

4

Subroto Mukerjee

Air Marshal

Apr 1, 1954

Nov 8, 1960

5

A. M. Engineer

Air Marshal

Dec 1, 1960

July 31, 1964

6

Arjan Singh

The first Air Chief Marshal 

Aug 1, 1964

July 15, 1969

7

Pratap Chandra Lal

Air Chief Marshal

July 16, 1969

Jan 15, 1973

8

Om Prakash Mehra

Air Chief Marshal

Jan 16, 1973

Jan 31, 1976

9

Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

Air Chief Marshal

Feb 1, 1976

Aug 31, 1978

10

I. H. Latif

Air Chief Marshal

Sep 1, 1978

Aug 31, 1981

11

Dilbagh Singh

Air Chief Marshal

Sep 1, 1981

Sep 4, 1984

12

Lakshman Madhav Katre

Air Chief Marshal

Sep 5, 1984

July 1, 1985

13

D. A. La Fontaine

Air Chief Marshal

July 3, 1985

July 31, 1988

14

S.K. Mehra

Air Chief Marshal

Aug 1, 1988

July 31, 1991

15

Nirmal Chandra Suri

Air Chief Marshal

Aug 1, 1991

July 31, 1993

16

S. K. Kaul

Air Chief Marshal

Aug 1, 1993

Dec 31, 1995

17

S. K. Sareen

Air Chief Marshal

Jan 1, 1996

Dec 31, 1998

18

A. Y. Tipnis

Air Chief Marshal

Jan 1, 1999

Dec 31, 2001

19

Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

Air Chief Marshal

Dec 31, 2001

Dec 31, 2004

20

Shashindra Pal Tyagi

Air Chief Marshal

Dec 31, 2004

Mar 31, 2007

21

Fali Homi Major

Air Chief Marshal

Mar 31, 2007

Mar 31, 2009

22

Pradeep Vasant Naik

Air Chief Marshal

Mar 31, 2009

July 31, 2011

23

Norman Anil Kumar Browne

Air Chief Marshal

Aug 1, 2011

Dec 31, 2013

24

Arup Raha

Air Chief Marshal

Dec 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2016

25.

Birender Singh Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal

Dec 31, 2016

Sep 30, 2019

26.

Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal

Sep 30, 2019

Sep 30,2021

27.

Vivek Ram Chaudhari

Air Chief Marshal

Sep 30,2021

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FAQs on Who is the Chief of Air Force?

  • Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari is the current Chief of the Indian Air Force. He took over as the 27th CAS succeeding Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on 30 September 2021.

  • Yes, he is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy also, Flying Instructors’ School and Defence Service Staff College, Wellington.

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