Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria is the next IAF chief
S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
A new development will take place soon at the top level of Indian Air Force (IAF). According to sources from Defence Ministry, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria will take over as new chief of IAF after the present chief BS Dhanoa achieves super annuation on 30 September this year.
Sources further say, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in June 1980 and has held various command, staff and instructional appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff.
This Air Officer is decorated with Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM). Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune.
He is said to have clocked over 4250 hours of flying and has experience of 26 different types of fighters and he is one of the ADCs to the supreme Commander. He is also said to be first among the first IAF officer to fly Rafale fighter jet and was also instrumental in finalising the deal with France for the fighter aircraft.