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NAK Browne now Indian Air Force Chief

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    NAK Browne to take over as Air Force chief tomorrow - The Times of India
     
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    NAK Browne takes over as Air Force chief

    NEW DELHI: Air Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, an ace fighter pilot, will on Sunday take over as the new chief of Indian Air Force from Air Chief Marshal PV Naik.

    A fighter pilot with a varied operational experience on all kinds of aircraft including Hunters, all variants of the MiG 21s, Jaguars and Sukhoi-30, Browne has logged about 3,100 hours of flying.

    An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he has served as an instructor at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and the tri-services Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.

    A graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Albama in the United States, the officer nick-named 'Charlie Browne' in Air Force circles, trained with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom on Jaguar aircraft and later commanded a Jaguar squadron.

    During his 39 years with the IAF, he has held various operational and staff appointments that include Joint Director at the Air War Strategy Cell at the Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a SU-30 base, Air-I at the Western Air Command (WAC) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at the Air Headquarters.

    In April 1997, he established the Indian Defence Wing in Tel Aviv and served as the Defence Attache till July 2000. Between 2007 and 2009, as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at the Air Headquarters, he oversaw lAF's major modernisation programmes.

    Before moving in as Vice-Chief of the Air Staff in the Air Headquarters, he headed the WAC.

    He is married to Kiran Browne. They have a son, Omar, who is a fighter pilot in the IAF, and daughter Alisha, who works for a multinational company.

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    IAF well poised to transform into a potent strategic force: Air Chief Marshal Browne

    New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Taking over as the 23rd Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) on Sunday from Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said that the Indian Air Force is well poised on the path of transforming itself into a potent strategic force.


    Outlining his vision for the IAF of - 'People first Mission Always', he said, "While induction of the state of the art equipment and systems would lead to a major upgradation of our combat potential, our biggest strength, 'Our People' must receive our highest attention.

    In whatever capacity you serve in the Indian Air Force, you remain our most valuable asset", he added.


    "I firmly believe that each one of us has a duty to care and look after the people placed under our charge. It is a sacred calling, for all leaders, men and women, irrespective of the rank and position. Our endeavour should be, to empower our subordinates, by giving them required operating skills, through dedicated training and mentoring," Air Chief Marshal Browne said.


    "While change is the hallmark of growth and progress, the biggest challenge facing us in the coming years, is to manage this fast paced change effectively, without compromising on high operational standards. Operating across a broad spectrum of equipment vintage, would test our innovativeness and capabilities. The nation has reposed a high degree of trust and confidence in our capabilities. It is indeed an onerous asking, and I am confident that as capable men and women we will work shoulder to shoulder in discharging our responsibilities befittingly," he added.


    Born in Allahabad on December 15, 1951, Air Chief Marshal Browne was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on June 24, 1972. He has had a varied operational experience of flying Hunters, all variants of MiG-21s, Jaguars and SU-30s.


    He was a member of the initial core team which trained on the Jaguar aircraft in the United Kingdom and went on to command a premier Jaguar strike squadron subsequently. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Alabama, USA. He has had instructional tenures at the premiere flying establishment - Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) - and the tri-services Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.


    In a career spanning 39 years, he has held various operational and staff appointments that include - Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a SU-30 base, Air-I at New Delhi based Western Air Command (WAC) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters.


    He was also responsible for establishing the Indian Defence Wing in Tel Aviv, Israel in Apr 1997, where he served as the Defence Attache till Jul 2000. From March 2007 to 31 May 2009 he functioned as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) at Air Headquarters and was responsible for IAF's major modernization programmes.


    Before taking over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air Headquarters on January 1, 2011, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command, under whose command and personal supervision, the first ever landing of an AN-32 (fixed wing aircraft) took place at Nyoma, advance Landing Ground (ALG), located at an altitude of 13,300 feet on September 18, 2009.


    Air Chief Marshal Browne is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM), the Vayu Sena Medal (VM) and is appointed as one of the Honorary Aides De Camp to the President of India.


    Married to Mrs Kiran Browne, they have a son, Omar, a Su-30 MKI pilot and a daughter Alisha, who is working with a multinational company. (ANI)

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    Nohwar is new IAF vice-chief

    NEW DELHI: With Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne taking over as the IAF chief on Sunday, there were some top-level changes in the force on Monday. Air Marshal K K Nohwar took over as the new IAF vice-chief at the Air HQ here, while Air Marshal S Varthaman assumed the command of the Eastern Air Command (EAC) in Shillong. Air Marshal M Matheswaran will be the new second-in-command at the EAC.

    Commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in June, 1972, Air Marshal Nohwar has 3,400 hours of flying to his credit, mainly on MiG-21s and MiG-27s. A qualified flying instructor, he is an alumnus of Indian Defence Services Staff College and the American Air War College. Air Marshal S Varthaman was commissioned as a fighter pilot in 1973 and has distinction of flying 40 types of aircraft.

    He was the chief operations officer at Gwalior during the 1999 Kargil conflict and coordinated the upgrade of Mirage-2000 jets, which successfully bombed bunkers established by Pakistani intruders on the heights.

    Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com
     
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