Chief of the Air Staff
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Incumbent
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari
PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

since 30 September 2021
 Indian Air Force
TypeLeader and Commanding Officer of the Air Force
AbbreviationCAS
Member ofNational Security Council
Reports to
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Prime Minister
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Minister of Defence
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Chief of Defence Staff
SeatCentral Secretariat
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
Term length3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Constituting instrumentAir Force Act, 1950 (Act No. 45 of 1950)
PrecursorAir Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Air Force
Formation26 January 1950; 72 years ago (1950-01-26)
First holderAir Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst
DeputyVice Chief of the Air Staff
Salary250,000 (US$3,100) monthly[1][2]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Chief of the Air Staff (India), known also as the Air Force Chief, has been the title of the professional head of the Indian Air Force since 1950. The CAS is a statutory position in the Indian Armed Forces held by the most senior officer of the Air Force, and is usually the highest ranking air officer of the Indian Armed Forces unless the Chief of Defence Staff is an officer of the aerial branch.

The current CAS is Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari who took office on 30 September 2021, following the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.[3]

Office of the Chief of Air Staff

At Independence, the head of the Air Force designated as the "Air Marshal Commanding, Royal Indian Air Force". On 1 March 1948, the title of "Chief of the Air Staff" was added,[4] with a further re-designation to "Chief of the Air Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Air Force" on 21 June to maintain uniformity across the three armed services.[5]

The "Royal" designation was dropped when India became a republic on 26 January 1950. Thus re-designating the head of IAF to "Chief of the Air Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Air Force".

The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955 re-designated the head of IAF to "Chief of Air Staff". The position was held by a three-star ranked Air Marshal until 1966, when the position was upgraded to the four-star rank of an Air Chief Marshal.

Appointments to the office are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The CAS reaches superannuation upon three years in the office or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Appointees

For air chiefs before India's independence, see RAF India § Commanders.

(**Seconded from the Royal Air Force)

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Air Force (1950–1955)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir Thomas Elmhirst KBE, CB, AFC
Elmhirst, ThomasAir Marshal
Sir Thomas Elmhirst KBE, CB, AFC
(1895–1982)
[a][6]
26 January 195023 February 195028 days
2
Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman KBE, CB, DFC, AFC
Ivelaw-Chapman, RonaldAir Marshal
Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman KBE, CB, DFC, AFC
(1899–1978)
[a]
23 February 19509 December 19511 year, 289 days
3
Gerald Ernest Gibbs CIE, CBE, MC & Two Bars
Gibbs, GeraldAir Marshal
Gerald Ernest Gibbs CIE, CBE, MC & Two Bars
(1896–1992)
[a]
10 December 195131 March 19542 years, 111 days
4
Subroto Mukerjee OBE
Mukerjee, SubrotoAir Marshal
Subroto Mukerjee OBE
(1911–1960)
1 April 195431 March 19551 year, 0 days

Chief of the Air Staff (1955–present)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Subroto Mukerjee OBE
Mukerjee, SubrotoAir Marshal
Subroto Mukerjee OBE
(1911–1960)
1 April 19558 November 1960 †5 years, 221 days
2
Aspy Merwan Engineer DFC
Engineer, AspyAir Marshal
Aspy Merwan Engineer DFC
(1912–2002)
1 December 196031 July 19643 years, 243 days
3
Arjan Singh DFC
Singh, ArjanAir Chief Marshal
Arjan Singh DFC
(1919–2017)
1 August 196415 July 19694 years, 348 days
4
Pratap Chandra Lal DFC
Lal, PratapAir Chief Marshal
Pratap Chandra Lal DFC
(1916–1982)
16 July 196915 January 19733 years, 184 days
5
Om Prakash Mehra PVSM
Mehra, OmAir Chief Marshal
Om Prakash Mehra PVSM
(1919–2015)
16 January 197331 January 19763 years, 15 days
6
Hrushikesh Moolgavkar PVSM, MVC
Moolgavkar, HrushikeshAir Chief Marshal
Hrushikesh Moolgavkar PVSM, MVC
(1920–2015)
1 February 197630 August 19782 years, 241 days
7
Idris Hasan Latif PVSM
Latif, IdrisAir Chief Marshal
Idris Hasan Latif PVSM
(1923–2018)
1 September 197830 August 19813 years, 29 days
8
Dilbagh Singh PVSM, AVSM, VM
Singh, DilbaghAir Chief Marshal
Dilbagh Singh PVSM, AVSM, VM
(1926–2001)
1 September 19813 September 19843 years, 2 days
9
Lakshman Madhav Katre PVSM, AVSM
Katre, LakshmanAir Chief Marshal
Lakshman Madhav Katre PVSM, AVSM
(1926–1985)
3 September 19841 July 1985 †301 days
10
Denis Anthony La Fontaine PVSM, AVSM, VM
Fontaine, DenisAir Chief Marshal
Denis Anthony La Fontaine PVSM, AVSM, VM
(1929–2011)
3 July 198531 July 19883 years, 28 days
11
Surinder Kumar Mehra PVSM, AVSM, VM
Mehra, SurinderAir Chief Marshal
Surinder Kumar Mehra PVSM, AVSM, VM
(1932–2003)
1 August 198831 July 19912 years, 364 days
12
Nirmal Chandra Suri PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Suri, NirmalAir Chief Marshal
Nirmal Chandra Suri PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1933)
31 July 199131 July 19932 years, 0 days
13
Swaroop Krishna Kaul PVSM, MVC, ADC
Kaul, SwaroopAir Chief Marshal
Swaroop Krishna Kaul PVSM, MVC, ADC
(born 1935)
1 August 199331 December 19952 years, 152 days
14
Satish Kumar Sareen PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Sareen, SatishAir Chief Marshal
Satish Kumar Sareen PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1939)
31 December 199531 December 19983 years, 0 days
15
Anil Yashwant Tipnis PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Tipnis, AnilAir Chief Marshal
Anil Yashwant Tipnis PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1940)
31 December 199831 December 20013 years, 0 days
16
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy PVSM, AVSM, VM
Krishnaswamy, SrinivasapuramAir Chief Marshal
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy PVSM, AVSM, VM
(born 1943)
31 December 200131 December 20043 years, 0 days
17
Shashindra Pal Tyagi PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Tyagi, ShashindraAir Chief Marshal
Shashindra Pal Tyagi PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1945)
31 December 200431 March 20072 years, 90 days
18
Fali Homi Major PVSM, AVSM, SC, VM, ADC
Major, FaliAir Chief Marshal
Fali Homi Major PVSM, AVSM, SC, VM, ADC
(born 1947)
31 March 200731 May 20092 years, 61 days
19
Pradeep Vasant Naik PVSM, VSM, ADC
Naik, PradeepAir Chief Marshal
Pradeep Vasant Naik PVSM, VSM, ADC
(born 1949)
31 May 200931 July 20112 years, 61 days
20
Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Browne, NormanAir Chief Marshal
Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1951)
31 July 201131 December 20132 years, 153 days
21
Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Raha, ArupAir Chief Marshal
Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1954)
31 December 201331 December 20163 years, 0 days
22
Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC
Dhanoa, BirenderAir Chief Marshal
Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC
(born 1957)
31 December 201630 September 20192 years, 273 days
23
Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Bhadauria, RakeshAir Chief Marshal
Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1959)
30 September 201930 September 20212 years, 0 days
24
Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Chaudhari, Vivek RamAir Chief Marshal
Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
(born 1962)
30 September 2021Incumbent1 year, 46 days

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Seconded from the Royal Air Force

References

  1. ^ "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ Biswas, Shreya, ed. (29 June 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ Quint, The (21 September 2021). "Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari To Be Next Chief of Air Staff". TheQuint. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Press Communique" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. 28 February 1948. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Press Communique" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. 21 June 1948. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ Chiefs of the Indian Air Force 1947 to Present Archived 26 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine