Appointments

Issue: 9 / 2018

The following appointments have been made in the Indian Air Force effective October 1, 2018:

Air Marshal Anil Khosla PVSM AVSM VM as Vice Chief of the Air Staff

Air Marshal Anil Khosla was commissioned in Indian Air Force in Dec 79. He has been Directing Staff at prestigious institutions like Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Flying Instructor School (FIS). He has commanded a Jaguar squadron with maritime role and two frontline bases of the IAF at Jaisalmer & Ambala. As an Air Marshal he has held appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command, Director General Air (Operations) at Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan) and Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air HQ (RK Puram). His last appointment was AOC-in-C EAC.

 

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar AVSM VM & Bar as Air Officer Comanding-In-Chief Eastern Air Comand

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar and was commissioned in the IAF as Fighter Pilot in June 1981. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and has flown 42 types of aircraft as Pilot in Command. He flew the Mirage-2000 in combat during the Kargil conflict and has flown 25 operational missions. The Air Officer has also held the appointments of Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jamnagar, Commandant ASTE, Air Defence Commander Western Air Commander, Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Southern Air Command, Training Command and EAC. Before taking over as the AOC-in-C of EAC, he was the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff.

 

Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora AVSM as Air Officer Comanding-In-Chief South Western Air Comand

Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in Dec 1981. He commanded a MiG-21 Bis Sqn in the South Western sector and later was Commander of Air Defence Direction Centre in the same sector. He went on to command a premier MiG-29 Base on the western border and as an Air Vice Marshal he was Air Defence Commander at Headquarters of Western Air Command as well as Eastern Air Command. As an Air Marshal he has held the appointments of Director General (Inspection and Safety) and was Director General Air (Operations) at Air HQ before taking over as the AOC-in-C.

 

Air Marshal V.R. Chaudhari AVSM VM as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff

Air Marshal V.R. Chaudhari was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor and has commanded a forward base before taking over as Air I at HQ CAC IAF. He served as the AA to the CAS and later commanded Air Force Station Pune. On promotion to AVM, he tenanted the appointment of Deputy Commandant Air Force Academy and as ACAS Ops (Air Defence). Before taking over as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff he was the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers).

 

Air Marshal Amit Dev VSM as Director General Air (Ops) at Air HQ

Air Marshal Amit Dev, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force, in the fighter stream of Flying Branch, on 29 Dec 1982. He has flown various types of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF and has approximately 2500 hours of flying experience. He has served as Joint Director Tactical Operations, Director Air Staff Inspection, Principal Director Air Staff Inspection and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Inspection), at Air HQ. The Air Officer was Air-I of Central Air Command and Chief Staff Officer (Air Vector) at Strategic Forces Command.