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Air Marshal Arup Raha to take over as Air Force chief on Tuesday

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    Air Marshal Arup Raha, an ace fighter pilot, will on Tuesday take over as the Air Force chief succeeding incumbent Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne.

    Eastern Air Command chief Air Marshal RK Sharma will succeed Raha as the Vice Chief of Air Staff.

    Born on December 26, 1954, 59 year-old Raha is expected to have a tenure of three years as the Chief of Air Staff.

    Commissioned on December 14, 1974 in the fighter stream of the IAF, Raha has held various command, staff and instructional appointments in his 39-year-old career.

    He has also served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India in Ukraine.

    Besides various technical courses, Raha has done Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course and Junior Commanders' course. He has commanded Central Air Command and Western Air Command.

    Raha has served as Directing Staff at Flying Instructors School, Tambaram (Tamil Nadu) as well as at the Gwalior-based Tactics and Combat Development Establishment of the IAF.

    Raha will get the command of the force at a time when it is engaged in a tussle with its largest supplier Hindustan Aeronautics Limited over the issue of indigenous and foreigner trainer aircraft.

    The IAF is also engaged in intense negotiations for the procurement of 126 Rafale multi-role combat aircraft from the French firm Dassault Aviation.

    Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is expected to be the next Chief of the Army, will also move in the Army headquarters as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on Tuesday.

    Air Marshal Arup Raha to take over as Air Force chief on Tuesday - Indian Express
     
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    Hidalgo 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Welcon to Party Mr.Raha. Best of Luck...!
     
  3. sangos

    sangos Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    This guy will have a lot on his plate with IAF expanding its fleet. Does the naval aviation units like on ACs come under his command?
     
  4. he-man

    he-man Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    what was his aircraft??

    its not mentioned in the article
     
  5. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    A MiG-21/29 pilot with 3,400 hours
     
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    he-man Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    can a mig-21 man shift to 29??
     
  7. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yes, I have heard many Air veterans saying that all most all pilot in IAF has flown the Mig 21 be it from Mirage or Mig 29 or Su 30 MKI squadron. Though as a professional [MENTION=6253]vstol jockey[/MENTION] ‘ji can shed more light about that.
     
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  8. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    no they come under the command of the captain of the ship.
     
  9. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    yes almost all fighter pilots graduate from Mig 21 to other modern aircrafts. though some seniors come back to Mig 21s as instructors to train youngsters.
     
  10. he-man

    he-man Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    oh

    my cousin masad ji was still flying the mig-21 2 years back,must be 40-42
    thats why i asked.

    btw my cousin masis have record in the limca book of record:yes:
     
  11. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Mig-29 & M2k are both outstanding A2A fighters. The best lot of Mig-21s find way into M2k as this is a multirole ac. The next best goes to Mig-29 as it is a role specific ac. Mig-21 is primarily an A2A fighter with secondary ground strike role.

    No, Naval assets come under CNS.
     
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  12. he-man

    he-man Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    damn,looks like my mausa ji(cousin) is not the best of lot:facepalm:
     
  13. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Do you think he has enough medals.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    He is an Oriya, The finest fighters of India. Even the Maurya empire had difficulty in winning them over even after winning whole of ME asia and most of Central asia.
     
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