Pradeep Vasant Naik

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Pradeep Vasant Naik

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Born (1949-07-22) July 22, 1949 (age 69)
Nagpur, Maharashtra
AllegianceIndia India
Service/branch Indian Air Force
Years of serviceJune 21, 1969 – 2012
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldCentral Air Command
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Other workHonorary Aides-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of India

Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik served as the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He took office on 31 May 2009 following the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major and was succeeded in office by Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne.[1]


Air Chief Marshal Naik was born on 22 July 22 1949 at Nagpur, Maharashtra and was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on June 21, 1969 as a fighter pilot. He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Satara and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla in Maharashtra. During his 42 years of service, he has served in a variety of command staff and instructional appointments.

He has over 3,000 hrs of flying on his log. The Air Chief also took part in 1971 war air actions in the Eastern and Western sector. Before taking over as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Vice Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He has also served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Allahabad-based, Central Air Command.

Besides being a fellow of the National Defence College, New Delhi, he is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader.He has served as Directing staff at DSSC Wellington, India and at Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment( TACDE).

Personal life[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Naik and his wife Madhubala Naik have two sons; the elder was a fighter pilot with the Indian Air Force and later transferred to the transport stream, and the younger, a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy.


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IND Samanya Seva medal.svg IND Poorvi Star Ribbon.svg IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg IND Special Service Medal Ribbon.svg
IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg IND Operation Parakram medal.svg IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg
IND 25th Anniversary Independence medal.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Samanya Seva Medal
Poorvi Star Medal
Paschimi Star Medal
Special Service Medal
Sangram Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
50th Anniversary Independence Medal
25th Anniversary Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. ^ "Pradeep Vasant Naik". Pratiyogita Darpan. October 2009. pp. 169–. Retrieved 9 May 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pradeep Vasant Naik at Wikimedia Commons

Military offices
Preceded by
Fali Homi Major
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 March 2009– 31 July 2011
Succeeded by
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
Preceded by
Deepak Kapoor
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
2011 - 2012
Succeeded by
Norman Anil Kumar Browne