Air Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary (Air Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary) has taken over as the new Deputy Chief of the Indian Air Force, replacing Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora. Air Marshal Choudhary was currently serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the Western Air Command (WAC) of the Indian Air Force. This command has the responsibility of protecting the country’s airspace in the sensitive Ladakh region as well as other parts of North India.
Over 3800 flying experience
An alumnus of the National Defense Academy (NDA), Air Marshal Choudhary was commissioned into the combat wing of the Air Force on 29 December 1982. He has flown a variety of fighter and trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force in an illustrious career spanning nearly 38 years. He has over 3,800 hours of flying experience including operational flying of MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft.
Commanded Fighter Squadron
During his illustrious career in the Indian Air Force, the Air Officer has commanded a fighter squadron at a frontline fighter base. As Air Vice Marshal he has been Deputy Commandant, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) at the Air Force Academy. He has also held the prestigious command of Deputy Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer in Eastern Air Command. Prior to assuming the present post, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command.
Held command at the time of souring from China
During his tenure as VCAS, he was instrumental in ensuring prompt and efficient operational deployment of IAF resources in line with the situation arising in Eastern Ladakh. Under the guidance of Air Marshal Vivek Ram Choudhary, the Indian Air Force also made effective contributions in various Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HASR) and COVID-19 related works both within India and abroad.