Air Marshal HS Arora was named as IAF vice chief. He will succeed Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, who on September 30 will take over as Air Staff Chief. The Center on September 19 designated the next Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. After his predecessor and incumbent IAF Chief BS Dhanoa retires on September 30 Bhadauria, presently IAF Vice Chief, will take over the duty as Chief of Air Staff.
Air Marshal B Suresh, meanwhile, has been assigned as the Air Force’s Western Air Commander. Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar will succeed Kargil war hero on 31 October.
Bhadauria headed the Bengaluru-based Training Command of the IAF before being named IAF Vice Chief. He was the chairman of the Indian negotiating team for the 36 Rafale fighting aircraft deal with France as the Deputy Chief.
Bhadauria, Indian Air Force’s vice chief, was commissioned with the ‘Sword of Honour’ in the Air Force fighter stream on June 15, 1980.