Govt appoints Air Marshal Bhadauria as next Air Force Chief

Govt appoints Air Marshal Bhadauria as next Air Force Chief

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New Delhi, Sep 19: The government on Thursday appointed Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria as the new chief of Indian Air Force.

RKS Bhadauria, who is currently Vice Chief of Air Staff, will take over the post of Chief of Air Staff after Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa retires on September 30.
"Govt has decided to appoint Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC presently Vice Chief of Air Staff as the next Chief of the Air Staff," the defence ministry said in a tweet.

On May 1, Air Marshal Bhadauria took over as the Vice Chief of Indian Air Force, succeeding Air Marshal Anil Khosla.

Earlier, AM Bhadauria was heading IAF's Bengaluru-based Training Command and in his earlier avatar as the Deputy Chief, he was the chairman of the Indian negotiating team for the 36 Rafale combat aircraft deal with France.

He was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Air Force on June 15, 1980 with the Sword of Honour.

He went on to hold several important positions such as Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Senior Air Staff Officer at the Central Air Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff from January 2016 to February 28, 2017.

AM Bhadauria had also served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command from March 1, 2017. He took over as the chief of the Bengaluru-based Training Command on August 1, 2018. (UNI)