Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa is new Indian Air Force chief
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took over as the 25th Chief of the Indian Air Force on Saturday. In his address to the IAF, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said: âI feel honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with the responsibility to lead one of the finest Air Forces in the world. I will certainly be inspired by the exceptional achievements and the leadership of so many of my illustrious predecessors.''
IAF is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full-spectrum capability. Accretion through new acquisitions, replacement of obsolete equipment with state-of-the-art inductions and upgrade of the vintage weapon platforms would bolster our capabilities. Forthcoming inductions of the Rafale aircraft, Attack Helicopters, Heavy Lift Helicopters, Force Enhancers, and Air Defence Radars hold great promise for the future. The first âTejasâ squadron of the IAF was also ushered in.
Simultaneously, Airfield Infrastructure Modernisation programme and upgradations in Communications Network have strengthened the support structure for effective operations. While undertaking its modernisation, the IAF has taken an active role in the ""Make in India"" plan, to take forward indigenous production of combat aircraft, helicopters, weapon sensors and systems, besides other aviation equipment. A vibrant and flourishing domestic capability would be an essential ingredient for the Nation to continue its glorious evolution.â
In his address, he also expressed his pride at the way India's image worldwide has been showcased through the IAF's strategic reach. He commended IAFâs role as first responders in HADR situations and aid to civil authority in rendering stability to volatile situations on many occasions, besides bringing succour to people in distress.
He stressed the requirement of training and equipping IAF to deter the sub-convetional threats. He reiterated need for focused approach to enhance aerospace safety and IAFâs commitment for better standard of living for its airwarriors.
Commissioned into the Flying Branch of IAF as a fighter pilot in June 1978, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa is a Qualified Cat âA' Flying Instructor and has more than 3000 hours of fighter flying under his belt with an immaculate flight safety record all along his distinguished career as a field commander. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College,Wellington.
The Air Chief has many laurels to his credit. As Commanding Officer of a frontline ground attack fighter squadron, equipped with MiG-21 aircraft, he led the IAF punch during the âlimited warâ against Pakistan in 1999 to evict the enemy from their âdug inâ defences in the icy heights of Kargil region. For his outstanding bravery and leadership during the conflict, he was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM). The Air Chief Marshal has held a number of significant staff appointments at operational Commands.
The Air Chief has commanded the South Western Air Command. For his experience and professional excellence, he was handpicked to establish an 'IAF Training Team' abroad.
The Air Chief Marshal is also instrumental in developing the aerial targeting philosophy against the potential adversaries and transformed the concept of Air operations of the Indian Air Force to contemporary war fighting practices of Air Power. He is an avid reader and writer of issues pertaining to air power and joint operations. Before taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff, he has been the Vice Chief of the Air Staff since June 2015."