The central Government has appointed Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria as the next Chief of Air Staff (CAS). He will take over on 30th September. He will have a two-year tenure. Mr. Bhadauria had played a key role in the negotiations for the deal with France for 36 Rafale jets.
Present IAF Chief and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa is set to retire on September 30. Mr. Bhadauria also served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command and, prior to the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command.
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC is the current Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force and assumed office on 1 May 2019 after superannuation of Air Marshal Anil Khosla.On 19 September 2019 he was appointed as the next Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force and would assume office from 30 September 2019 when Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa retires.