Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria takes charge as IAF chief

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Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Monday took charge as the chief of Indian Air Force (IAG) as BS Dhanoa demitted the office of the chief of air staff.

Bhadauria was appointed as the new chief of IAF earlier in the month by the government and was scheduled to take over charge from Dhanoa on September 30. His term will last for two years.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune, Bhadauria has clocked over 4,250 hours of flying and has flown 26 different types of fighter jets during his lifetime.

The new IAF chief had served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command from March 2017 to August 2018.

He also served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Training Command from August 2018 and held the office till his elevation to the Vice Chief of the Air Staff in May this year.

During his 36-year-long career, RKS Bhadauria has been awarded several medals including the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Vayu Sena Medal, and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. He was appointed honorary Aide De Campe to the President of India in January this year.

Bhadauria was among the first Indian Air Force officers to fly the Rafale fighter jet and sources said he played an instrumental role in finalising the Rafale deal with France.

Source By Indiatoday

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