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New Delhi : Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, AVSM VM, has taken over as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. Air Marshal  Chaudhari was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982. He is an alumni of the National Defence Academy.

The Air Officer has flown various aircraft and is experienced on MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and SU-30MKI with a flying experience over 3,800 hrs. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner.The Air Marshal has a rich experience of operational flying having undertaken numerous Air Defence missions during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar, according to a PIB release.

The Air Officer has been an Air Force Examiner on several types of fighter and trainer aircraft. He commanded a MiG-29 Squadron and served as the Chief Operations Officer of Air Force Station, Srinagar. Before taking over as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, he was the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers). The Air Officer is married to Neeta Chaudhari, a home maker. They are blessed with two sons.

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