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Government has decided to appoint present Vice Chief of Air Staff Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as next Chief of Air Staff. He will take charge from the incumbent Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa who is set to retire on September 30. At present, he is the senior most officer in Inidan Air Force after BS Dhanoa.
About Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria
He was commissioned into Fighter Stream of Indian Air Force (IAF) in June 1980. Since then he has held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS).
Apart from being decorated with PVSM, AVSM, VM, he is one of the ADCs to supreme Commander. He took over as the Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force in May 2019.
During his nearly 40 years of career, he has commanded a Jaguar squadron and a premier Air Force Station and was also Chief Test Pilot as well as Project Director of National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project.
With 4250 hours of experience on 26 different types of fighters and transport aircraft as well as with unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, he is a category ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has scripted history by becoming first Defence Minister to fly Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’, an indigenously-built multi-role fighter aircraft. He undertook 30-minute sortie in LCA Tejas along with Air Vice Marshall Narmdeshwar Tiwari, at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Defence Minister even controlled ‘Tejas’ in the air for some time and was shown Avionics and Sophisticated Systems onboard the aircraft.
About Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
It is fourth-generation fighter aircraft with several critical capabilities and is thus meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.
It is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic fighter aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions. To reduce weight and increase component of LCA Tejas, life Advanced materials such as composites are used in its manufacture.
It is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided as well as standoff weaponry.
It has been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).