Major changes in IAF top brass, Chaudhari appointed as Vice Chief | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force will see several changes at the helm as Air Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary has been appointed as the next Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters.
The two new Commanders-in-Chiefs will also move on to their new assignments as Director General Air Operations. Air Marshal Ballabha Radha Krishna will succeed Choudhary in the Western Command in Delhi while Air Marshal RJ Duckworth will take charge of the Central Air Command in Prayagraj.
Choudhary will replace the current Air Marshal HS Arora, who retires on June 30. Choudhary is currently heading the Western Air Command, also known as the Talwar wing of the force as it handles sensitive areas along the sensitive borders with both Pakistan and China.
Choudhary is taking over as the deputy chief when the Indian Air Force has been deployed in the eastern Ladakh region for more than a year. An alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Air Marshal Choudhary was inducted into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on December 29, 1982.
In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, Choudhary has flown a variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the IAF’s inventory.
He has over 3,800 hours of flying experience including operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29 and Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
Air Marshal Choudhary held many important positions. He was the Commanding Officer of a Frontline Fighter Squadron and also commanded a Frontline Fighter Base. As an Air Marshal, he held the rank of Deputy Chief of the Air Force.


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