Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. Photo: HT
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. Photo: HT

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to be the next Air Force Chief

  • Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter pilot stream of Indian Air Force in June 1980
  • Air Marshal Bhadauria was due to retire the same day as Dhanoa but now will have a two year term in office

NEW DELHI : The government has named vice chief of the Indian Air Force RKS Bhadauria as the next chief of the force in place of Birender Singh Dhanoa who retires on 30 September.

Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter pilot stream of Indian Air Force in June 1980, and has held various Commands, Staff and instructional appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff.

Air Marshal Bhadauria was due to retire the same day as Dhanoa but now will have a two year term in office.

Bhadauria was one of the several contenders for the post. The others in the running were Air Marshal R. Nambiar, the Air Office Commanding-in-Chief of the crucial Western Air Command who is a veteran of the 1999 Kargil war. A third officer in contention was Air Marshal H.S. Arora, heading the Gandhinagar-based South Western Command.

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