Air Marshal Arup Raha, India’s finest fighter pilot, has been officially appointed as the Air Chief Marshal of the IAF (Indian Air Force) effective immediately from Tuesday, 31st December 2013. Raha took over as the new Air Force chief succeeding the now Ex-Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne.
Raha is named ‘Air Chief’ at a time when a tussle with supplier HAL is getting warmed up, over the issue of indigenous and foreigner trainer aircraft. Currently Indian Air Force is further engaged in serious negotiations for the procurement of 126 Rafale Multi-Role Combat Aircraft from Dassault Aviation, a French corporation.
Fifty-Nine-Year-Old Raha is expected to continue his tenure as Air Chief Marshal at least for the three years to come.
Raha was commissioned on December 14, 1974 in the fighter stream of the IAF, ever since then has successfully held various command, staff and instructional appointments in his 39-year-old career.
Raha also served as the Air Attache at the Embassy of India in Ukraine.
Raha has also out performed in Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course and Junior Commanders’ course along with various technical course. He has commanded Central Air Command and Western Air Command.
The new Indian Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha has also proudly served as Directing Staff at the Flying Instructors School, Tambaram (Tamil Nadu) as well as at the Gwalior-based Tactics and Combat Development Establishment of the IAF.