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Major Changes in IAF Top Brass: Air Marshals Amit Dev, BR Krishna Get New Posts

The announcement came after Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari was appointed as the next chief of the Indian Air Force a few days back.

File photos of Air Marshals Amit Dev, BR Krishna. (Source: PIB)

New Delhi: Air Marshal Amit Dev has been appointed as the next chief of Western Air Command. He is presently the chief of Eastern Air Command.

Air Marshal Amit Dev, who has been holding the post of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Shillong-based Eastern Air Command, is a fighter pilot.

Air Marshal Dev has a vast career of 38 years, in which he has commanded a fighter aircraft squadron, air defence direction centre and an operational fighter base.

An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, Air Marshal Amit Dev was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in December 1982 as a fighter pilot.

Air Marshal Amit Dev has flying experience of more than 2500 hours, including operational flying on MiG 21 and MiG 27 fighter aircraft, according to the IAF Official website.

As per the latest announcements, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh has been appointed as the next Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force. He will be succeeding Air Marshal VR Chaudhari who will take over as Chief of Air Staff on September 30.

Air Marshal Sandeep Singh. (Source: ANI)

Ace fighter pilot Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari was appointed as the next chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), on Sept 21, 2021, succeeding Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria who retires from service on September 30.

READ MORE: Air Marshal V R Chaudhari To Be Next IAF Chief

In another development at the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Balabhadra Radha Krishna has been appointed as the new Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Air Marshal Krishna was commissioned in the IAF in December 1983 as a fighter pilot and is a Shaurya Chakra awardee (1986) and received Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2017.

Air Marshal Krishna’s career is also nearly 38 years long during which he has trained many as Qualified Flying Instructor. He is also an Experimental Test Pilot, and has flown a wide variety of fighters, transports and helicopters in the inventory of IAF.

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With a flying experience of nearly 5,000 hours, Air Marshal Krishna has held numerous important command and staff appointments.

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