New Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Air Marshal PN Pradhan today took over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), a key platform to ensure a high degree of synergy between the armed forces.

Pradhan has held several key positions including Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer at the Southern Air Command.

He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135 and C-130 fleets in the IAF.

For his distinguished service, Pradhan was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014.

Integrated Defence Staff was created in 2001 based on the recommendations of a Group of Ministers which was set up after the Kargil war to review India’s defence management.

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