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Newly appointed IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari inspects the guard of honour, at the Air Force Headquarters, in New Delhi Thursday | ANI

Vivek Ram Chaudhari takes over as IAF chief, stopping depletion of fighter squadrons a priority

Born on 4 September 1962, the Air Chief Marshal was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 29 December 1982. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.
A file photo of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria. | Photo: ANI

Army must ditch ‘superiority’ mindset. Distrust, animosity will only hamper military reforms

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat laid claims to superiority on behalf of the Army, because he believes it is ultimately all about control of territory. This mindset needs to be disparaged.
A file photo of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria. | Photo: ANI

Will IAF just support Army in new theatres? CDS Rawat says yes, but air chief says no in public

CDS Gen Rawat labels IAF as supporting arm to ground forces — likening it to roles of artillery, engineers in Army. But ACM Bhadauria says air power has a huge role to play in battle areas.
The Panthers, with CAS Bhadauria on board, flew a 'missing man formation' in a MiG-21 Bison | Twitter/IAF_MCC

Accidents happen, but IAF chief flying MiG-21 Bison shows leaders lead from the front

After a fatality in the IAF, all flight cadets are taken up for a sortie by their flying instructors. It puts their faith back in the aircraft.
File photo | T-55 tanks in Rajasthan during Ex Brasstacks | Source: MoD Photo Division

ACM ‘Chotu’ Bhadauria was one of the youngest leaders of Gen Sundarji’s Exercise Brasstacks

In 'Full Spectrum: India’s War 1972-2020', AVM Arjun Subramaniam (retd) writes Exercise Brasstacks was the result of Gen Sundarji’s desire to push the limits of deterrence.
Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Will order for 83 Tejas soon, HAL to deliver 70 aircraft by 2026: IAF chief Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the plans were being drawn up to depute more officers to HAL to increase accountability.
Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

More midair refuellers, UAVs — Bhadauria explains how IAF is bracing for new nature of war

In an interview to ThePrint, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria says the IAF is not in favour of ‘rigid theaterisation’ as it will divide already scarce IAF combat assets and effort.
Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

IAF chief contradicts CDS Rawat, says plan is to buy 114 foreign fighters besides LCA Tejas

CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat had said IAF was planning to buy the indigenous LCA Tejas instead of 114 ‘Make in India’ foreign jets.
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Air Chief Bhadauria’s focus on homegrown AMCA shows IAF learnt nothing from Tejas failure

The only reason Indian pilots still use the "flying coffin" MiG 21 is because of the delay in acquiring Tejas, about two decades on.
File photo | Indian Air Force | Facebook

Time to run IAF in a sleek, corporate way. It’s the Force that counted in Kargil, Balakot

We expect an Air Force officer to land on the moon in a few years. They are trained to touch the sky.
Representational image | Shillong, Meghalaya | Wikimedia Commons

Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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