The new Vice Chief of Indian Air Force is Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. After retirement of Air Marshal Anil Khosla on April 30, 2019, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria assumed the office as new Vice Chief of Indian Air Force on May 1, 2019. The Vice Chief of Indian Air Force is second highest ranking officer and his responsibilities includes carrying operations, flying related tasks and to perform duties and responsibilities during absence of Air Chief.
About Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
- Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and has done masters in defence from command and staff college, Bangladesh.
- During 36 rafale combat aircraft deal with France, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria was chairman of Indian negotiating team.
- With the sword of honour, on June 15, 1980 Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria was commissioned into fighter stream of Indian Air Force.
- In his 36 years of career he has clocked over 4250 hours flying and has experience of flying 26 different types of fighters.
- Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has held various commands which includes Vice Chief of Indian Air Force (Currently), training command, Deputy Chief of Indian Air Force and Southern Air command.
- He has been honoured with many awards. Some of these awards are Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayusena Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.