Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria Is The New Vice Chief Of The Air Staff
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as the new Vice Chief of the Air Staff on May 01, 2019. He took over from Air Marshal Anil Khosla, who superannuated on 30 Apr 19 after 39 years of glorious service. He is married to Mrs Asha Bhadauria and they are blessed with a daughter and a son.
Education Of Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria
Air Marshal Bhadauria is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and holds a Masters in Defence studies from Command and Staff College. He was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on 15 Jun 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in the overall order of merit.
Career And Major Appointments At Indian Air Force
The Air Marshal has held a number of important appointments, which include, Command of a Jaguar Squadron and a premier Air Force Station, Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment, Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project.
He was extensively involved in the initial prototype flight tests on the LCA. Air Marshal Bhadauria was also the Air Attache, at EoI Moscow, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects), Commandant of the National Defence Academy, and Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ CAC, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ.
Rakesh Kumar was also Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command from 1 March 2017, succeeding Air Marshal Sunderraman Neelakantan, to 1 August 2018. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command. He was A.O.C-in-C from 1 August 2018 after the retirement of Air Marshal S R K Nair.
Major Awards And Achievements Of Air Marshal Bhadauria
As a fighter pilot, he has over 4250 hours of experience on 26 types of fighters and transport aircraft. The unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.
During his illustrious career, he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff and has been awarded several medals. Medals include the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (January 2013), the Vayu Sena Medal (January 2002) and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (January 2018). He was appointed honorary Aide De Campe to the President of India on January 2019.
Let us know more about Ex Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Anil Khosla who is succeeded by new Chief Of Air Staff Bhadauria.
About Ex Vice Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Anil Khosla
Air Marshal Anil Khosla, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC is a retired Indian air force officer who served as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) of the Indian Air Force. He assumed the office from Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo on 1 October 2018.
Khosla is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and National Defence College, New Delhi. He is a post-graduate from Defense Service Staff College, Wellington and has two MPhil degrees in military studies. He also attended a higher command course at the Army War College, Mhow and was awarded the Commandants medal. In addition, he attended a senior defence management course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.
Khosla was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in December 1979. He has clocked over 4000 hours of flying on different aircraft like SEPECAT Jaguar, MiG-21 and HAL Kiran. Khosla has experience in both ground attack and air defence roles and specializes in the maritime role. He is also an A2 category flying instructor and a fighter strike leader.
Let us now take a look at what it means to be a Vice Chief of Air Staff.
Vice Chief Of Air Staff, Indian Air Force
The Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) is the second-highest ranking Officer in the Indian Air Force. The VCAS is a PSO (Principal Staff Officer) at Air Headquarters at New Delhi. He is responsible for the operation and flying related tasks.
In the event that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the VCAS assumes the duties and responsibilities of the CAS. The VCAS is a three-star appointment and is held by an Air Officer of the rank of Air Marshal. As Vice Chief, Bhadauria will directly be in charge of IAF’s ongoing capability build-up and visualizing its future technology requirements.
The first vice chief of air staff was Atma Ram Nanda appointed on 1st January 1963.
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