Arup Raha

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Air Chief Marshal
Arup Raha
অরূপ রাহা

PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
ACM Arup Raha, CAS.jpg
ACM Arup Raha after taking over as CAS in New Delhi on December 31, 2013.
Born 26 December 1954[1]
Baidyabati, West Bengal, India
Allegiance India India
Service/branch  Indian Air Force
Years of service 1975-
Rank Air Chief Marshal of IAF.png Air Chief Marshal[2]
Commands held AOC-in-C, Western Air Command
AOC-in-C, Central Air Command
47 Squadron IAF
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM)
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM)
Vayusena Medal ribbon.svg Vayusena Medal(VM)[3]
ADC

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha (Bengali: অরূপ রাহা), PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC is the 21st and current Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force[2] A fighter pilot who has logged over 3,400 hours of flying experience,[4] He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.[5] Prior to that, ACM Raha served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Western Air Command.[3] and that of the Central Air Command.[4] Air chief marshal Raha has also served as the Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters, Western Air Command and Deputy Commandant at Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Raha was born on 26 December 1954 in the city of Baidyabati, an area under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority which is in the Indian State of West Bengal. His father was a reputed doctor. Raha was educated at Sainik School Purulia (1970 batch).[7][8]

Military Training[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Raha was trained at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, India, from July 1970 to June 1973, and at the time of graduating from NDA in June 1973, he was awarded the Gold Medal for being the best cadet of the 44th NDA course. Subsequently he did flying training on HT-2 and Kiran ( HJT-16 ) at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, before being commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a MiG-21 fighter pilot in Dec 1974.

Military career[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Raha has commanded a MiG-29 fighter squadron and two frontline airbases along India's Western front. Air Chief Marshal Raha has held many important staff appointments in India and abroad.
Following are some of the notable appointments held by Air Chief Marshal Raha :

Air Chief Marshal Raha has flown an array of combat and trainer aircraft including the MiG-21 and MiG-29.[9] As on April 2, 2010, he had 3,400 hours of flying experience.[4]

Air Chief calls on PM

Notable Appointments Held[edit]

Name of Appointment Rank Period
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshall December 31, 2013 to present
Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall July 1, 2013 to 31 Dec 2013
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command of the IAF Air Marshall June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Air Command of the IAF Air Marshall 02 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012
Senior Air Staff Officer at Western Air Command Air Vice Marshall till 01 Nov 2011
Directing Staff at Flying Instructors School,Tambaram Unknown Unknown
Commanding Officer of No: 47 Squadron IAF Black Archers Wing Commander 8 June 1992 to 5 June 1994

Appointment as Chief of IAF[edit]

On 29 October 2013, the Government of India appointed Air Marshal Raha, who was the Vice Chief of Air Staff at that time, to be the next Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He took the charge on 31 December 2013, when the Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne retired.[10]

Flight information[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayu Sena Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arup Raha takes over as IAF chief - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 2013-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Arup Raha takes over as IAF chief". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Central Air Command". Indianairforce.nic.in. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Arup Raha takes over as senior Air Staff Officer at WAC - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Air Marshal Arup Raha to take over as IAF Vice Chief". http://www.thehindubusinessline.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  6. ^ Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha's official profile
  7. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/air-marshal-arup-raha-to-be-iaf-chief/1188816/
  8. ^ Jayanta Gupta (January 26, 2012). "Sainik School in Purulia turns 50, Air Marshal to be chief guest - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  9. ^ a b "Press Information Bureau English Releases". Pib.nic.in. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Air Marshal Arup Raha named next IAF chief - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
2013 - current
Incumbent
Preceded by
Bikram Singh
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
2014 - current
Incumbent