Air Marshal V R Chaudhari new chief of IAF’s Western Air Command


PTI, Aug 1, 2020, 7:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari on Saturday took charge as commander-in-chief of the Indian Air Force’s Western Air Command (WAC) which looks after the security of the country’s air space in the sensitive Ladakh sector as well as various other parts of north India.

He succeeded Air Marshal B Suresh who retired from service.

An alumna of the National Defence Academy, Air Marshal Chaudhari was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982. In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, the officer has flown a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF. He has a flying experience of more than 3,800 hours, including operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29 and Su-30 MKI fighter jets.

Air Marshal Chaudhari held numerous important positions. He was the commanding officer of a frontline fighter squadron and has also commanded a frontline fighter base.

As an Air Marshal, he held the position of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. His appointment as chief of the WAC comes when it is enhancing operational deployment in eastern Ladakh in view of the border row with China.

The IAF has been carrying out night time combat air patrols over the eastern Ladakh region in the last few weeks. It has already deployed almost all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in frontier bases in Ladakh as well as in several other places along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Air Marshal Chaudhari was also involved in the Rafale acquisition programme. He was serving as a senior air staff officer in Eastern Air Command before assuming the charge of the Delhi-headquartered Western Command.

In recognition of his distinguished service, the Air Marshal was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in January 2004 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in January 2015.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Belthangady: Holiday declared for schools on July 4

Gold packed in milk powder packets seized at Mangaluru International Airport

Mangaluru: Police bust beef sale racket; accused flees

Ensure hoisting of national flag in every house in August: Minister Ashwath Narayan

Gold-smuggling through diplomatic bag case: Swapna Suresh claims threat to life

Arunachal: Strategic bridge at border with China washed away in flash flood

Security lapse: Man sneaks into West Bengal CM’s residence, spends night


Related Articles More

TMC mocks Shah’s vow to end ‘family rule’ in Bengal, says people have rejected BJP last year

NDA govt striving to bring positive change to every Indian: PM Modi

Intervene in rising air fares, Nemom coaching terminal project: CM to PM

Gold-smuggling through diplomatic bag case: Swapna Suresh claims threat to life

Arunachal: Strategic bridge at border with China washed away in flash flood

MUST WATCH

NEWS BULLETIN 03-07-2022

The deer swallowed 80 kg. A python weighing 14 feet long!

Vitla College Student doing Good Job

Rowdysheeter parade at Koppala

Mangaluru : 13-year-old boy cooks up attack story case twist


Latest Additions

TMC mocks Shah’s vow to end ‘family rule’ in Bengal, says people have rejected BJP last year

NDA govt striving to bring positive change to every Indian: PM Modi

Belthangady: Holiday declared for schools on July 4

Intervene in rising air fares, Nemom coaching terminal project: CM to PM

Karnataka’s Sini Shetty crowned Femina Miss India World 2022

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.