India’s New Air Chief, ‘Sword Of Honour’ Winner Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria

New Delhi: 

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, who flew the Tejas fighter jet as a younger take a look at pilot and was among the many first IAF officers to fly the French-made Rafale fighter jet, was named the subsequent Chief of Air Workers on Thursday and can take over from present Air Chief, BS Dhanoa, on September 30. A veteran fighter pilot with greater than four,250 hours of flying time throughout 26 totally different fighter jets and transport plane, Air Marshal Bhadauria, 60, will serve a two-year time period as the pinnacle of the Indian Air Pressure (IAF).


The senior-most officer after the present Air Chief, Air Marshal Bhadauria is at the moment Vice Chief of the Indian Air Pressure, a place he was appointed to on Could 1. His earlier appointments embody Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of each the Southern Air Command and the Coaching Command.

He has additionally held posts like Deputy Chief of Air Workers, commander of a Jaguar fighter squadron and Chief Take a look at Pilot for the Gentle Fight Plane venture that constructed Tejas – India’s first indigenously-built fighter jet.


As Deputy Chief of the Indian Air Pressure, Air Marshal Bhadauria acted as chairman of the Indian negotiating group for the controversial buy of the 36 Rafale jets, the primary batch of which will probably be delivered to the IAF in early 2020.

To mark his contribution to the deal, the primary Rafale (a two-seater variant) carried the designation RB-008 on its tail.

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The primary Rafale constructed for the IAF was marked RB-008 to mark Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria’s contribution (representational)

RB-008 was additionally the primary of the Indian Air Pressure’s Rafale jets to take to the skies; it made its maiden flight in October 2018. Curiously, RB-008 would be the final of the 36 Rafales to be handed over to India.

The Air Marshal was inducted into the fighter stream of the Air Pressure in June 1980; he graduated from the Nationwide Defence Academy as winner of the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ – an award given to the top-ranking cadet throughout the nation.

He additionally holds the distinctive distinction of being an Experimental Take a look at Pilot, a Cat ‘A’ Certified Flying Teacher and a Pilot Assault Teacher, in keeping with his profile on the IAF web site.

Air Marshal Bhadauria, who’s married to Asha Bhadauria and has two kids, is a highly-decorated officer and has been awarded distinguished service and gallantry awards just like the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vayu Sena Medal.

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