Shillong, Oct 4 : Air Marshal V R Chaudhari took over as Senior Air Staff Officer of Headquarters Eastern Air Command on Thursday, an Indian Air Force (IAF) official said on Friday.
Air Marshal Chaudhuri was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter Pilot in 1982. Prior to taking over his new assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Air Officer has flown various aircraft and is experienced on MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and SU-30MKI and has flown over 3,800 hrs. Air Marshal Chaudhuri is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner.
The Air Marshal has a rich experience of operational flying, having undertaken numerous Air Defence missions during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar. The Air Officer has been an Air Force Examiner on several types of fighter and trainer aircraft. He commanded a MiG-29 Squadron and served as the Chief Operations Officer of 1 Wing, AF. He commanded a forward base before taking over as Air I at Head Quarters Central Air Command.
He has done tenures as an Instructor at DSSC, Wellington as well as DSCSC at Zambia. He served as the AA to the CAS and later commanded 2 Wing, Air Force. He has held key appointments of Deputy Commandant Air Force Academy, ACAS Ops (AD) and ACAS (PO). (UNI)