Saturday, 1 March 2014

Cheif of the Air Force

Filled under:

Air Chief Marshal Arup RahaPVSMAVSMVM, ADC 

(Cheif of the Air Force)

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSMAVSMVM, ADC is the current Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force[2] He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.[4] Raha is a fighter pilot who has logged over 3,400 hours of flying experience.[5] Formerly he has been AOC-in-C of the Western Air Command.[3] and that of the Central Air Command. [5]

Early life and education[edit]

Arup was born on 26th December 1954 in a Bengali Hindu family in the city of Baidyabati,an area under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority which is in the Indian State of West Bengal. His father was a reputed doctor. Raha was educated at Sainik School Purulia (1970 batch).[6][7]

Military Training[edit]

Arup Raha was trained at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, India, from July 1970 to June 1973, and at the time of passing out from NDA in June 1973, he was awarded the Gold Medal for being the best cadet of the 44th NDA course. Subsequently he did flying training on HT-2 and Kiran ( HJT-16 ) at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, before being commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in Dec 1974.

Military career[edit]

Raha has commanded a MiG-29 fighter squadron and two frontline airbases along India's Western front. Raha has held many important staff appointments in India and abroad.
Following are some of the notable appointments held by Air Marshal Raha :
Chief of Air Staff
(from December 31, 2013 to present)
(Air Chief Marshal)
Vice Chief of Air Staff
(from July 1, 2013 to 31 Dec 2013 )
(Air Marshal)
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command of the IAF
(Air Marshal) ( From June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 )
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Air Command
(Air Marshal) (From 02 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012 )
Senior Air Staff Officer at Western Air Command ( till 01 Nov 2011 )
(Air Vice-Marshal)
Directing Staff at Flying Instructors’ School, Tambaram, Chennai.
Commanding Officer of No: 47 Squadron IAF (8 June 1992 to 5 June 1994 )
Raha has flown an array of combat and trainer aircraft including the MiG-21 and MiG-29.[8] As on April 2, 2010, he had 3,400 hours of flying experience.[5]

Appointment as Chief of IAF[edit]

On 29 October 2013 Government of India appointed Air Marshal Raha, who was the Vice Chief of Air Staff at that time, to be the next Chief of the Air Staff of the India Air Force. He took the charge on 31 December, 2013, when the Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne retired.[9]

Flight information[edit]

  • Flight hours: more than 3,400.[5]
  • Aircraft flown: MiG-21, MiG-29 and HAL HT-2.[8]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal.jpgParam Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.jpegAti Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayusena Medal.jpgVayusena