IAF Chief Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has taken over as the 26th Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), succeeding Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who superannuated on 30th September 2019.
RKS Bhadauria will serve as chief for 3-year tenure or tenure until 62 years of age, whichever comes first.
RKS Bhadauria earlier also headed IAF's Bengaluru-based Training Command. He has also served as the Vice Chief of the IAF.
RKS Bhadauria is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy commissioned to IAF in 1980, he headed the Cost Negotiation Committee (CNC) for the Rafale deal.
RKS Bhadauria has 4,250 hours of flying experience.
RKS Bhadauria holds a master's degree in defence studies from the Command and Staff College of Bangladesh.
RKS Bhadauria has also served as commander of Jaguar Squadron, Command Officer of Flight Test Squadron in Aircraft and System Testing Stability, Chief Investigation Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Center based on Flight Combat Aircraft Project.
RKS Bhadauria has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and Air Force Medal.