Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Vivek Ram Chaudhari on Thursday took over as the 27th Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from ACM R.K.S. Bhadauria, who superannuated after over 41 years of service.
“An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), the CAS was commissioned in December 1982 in the fighter stream of the IAF. He has flown more than 3800 hours on multiple fighter and trainer aircraft,” the Air Force said in a statement. Prior to the present appointment, he was the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.
On September 29, the government announced the appointment of ACM Chaudhari as the next Air Chief. Normally, appointment of new Service Chiefs are announced 2-3 months prior to give time for the chief- designate to get oriented with the new role.
“Protection of our nation’s sovereignty and integrity is to be ensured at any cost,” ACM Chaudhuri said, outlining the focus areas for Commanders and personnel, while addressing the rank and file after taking charge. Enhancement of operational capability through integration of newly inducted platforms, weapons and equipment with the existing assets and dovetailing the same in concepts of operations would remain a priority area, he added.
During his career spanning almost four decades, ACM Chaudhari has tenanted many important command and staff appointments.