Protecting India’s sovereignty and integrity will be ensured at any cost. Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said on Thursday after taking charge as the Chief of the IAF.
Chaudhari has succeeded Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria following his retirement.
The new IAF Chief said that enhancement of operational capability through integration of newly inducted platforms, weapons, and equipment. Also with existing assets and dovetailing the same in the concepts of operations would remain a priority area.
In a brief address to the IAF personnel, he also spoke on the acquisition of new technology, promotion of indigenization, and innovation. Strengthening of cyber security, and the need for adopting new training methods to deal with future security challenges.
The Chief of Air Staff also urged the IAF personnel to “always uphold the ethos and credo of the ‘Air Warrior’ and strive to be an asset” to force in any role tasked for.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari was serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff before assuming the new role.
Bio of the chief-
Before becoming Vice Chief of the IAF, he served as commander-in-chief of the IAF’s Western Air Command (WAC). That looks after the security of India air space in the sensitive Ladakh sector as well as various other parts of north India.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, they commissioned Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari into the fighter stream of the IAF on 29 December 1982.
In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years. The officer has flown a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF.
He has a flying experience of more than 3,800 hours. Including operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29, and Su-30 MKI fighter jets.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari held numerous important positions. He was the commanding officer of a frontline fighter squadron and has also commanded a frontline fighter base.
Apart from various operational issues-. Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari will have to also address matters related to the ambitious catheterization model of the armed forces.
The theatre commands are being planned to integrate the capabilities of the three services and to ensure optimal utilization of their resources.
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