New Delhi: Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, presently Vice Chief of Air Staff, as the next Chief of the Air Staff after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC on September 30, 2021.
Air Marshal V R Chaudhari was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on December 29, 1982 and has held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff. In his decades-long career, Air Marshal Chaudhari was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal.
Air Marshal Chaudhari has a flying experience of more than 3800 hrs on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, an IAF statement said. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Prior to the present appointment, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Western Air Command.