New Delhi: The Central government on Tuesday announced that it has decided to appoint Air Marshal VR Chaudhari, at present Vice Chief of Air Staff as the next Chief of Air Staff. Current Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is retiring from Service on September 30, 2021. The announcement was made by the Union Defence Ministry.Also Read - Big Update For 23 Lakh Pensioners: Electronic Pension Payment Order Now Integrated With Digi Locker

Commissioned into the fighter stream of the Air Force on December 29, 1982, Air Marshal Chaudhari has a flying experience of more than 3800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft. Also Read - Ministry of Defence Recruitment 2021: Class 10 Pass Out Candidates Can Apply For 400 Posts | Check Last Date, Other Details

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Air Marshal Chaudhari was was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Western Air Command prior to the present appointment. Notably, he succeeds Air Marshal HS Arora, who retired on Wednesday after over 39 years of service. Also Read - When Will 36 Rafale Aircraft be Inducted Into Indian Air Force? Here's What IAF Chief Said

For his sincerity of duty, he has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vayu Sena Medal.