New Delhi : Air Marshal Arup Raha will take over as the next chief of the Indian Air Force on December 31, 2013 after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne.
Air Marshal Raha is currently serving as the IAF vice-chief. He joined IAF in December 1974 in the Fighter Stream.
During a career spanning over 39 years, he has held various command, staff and instructional appointments in the force.
He has served as Air Attache at the Indian embassy in Ukraine and commanded the Central Air Command and the Western Air Command.
Raha is the seniormost three-star officer in the force and has been the frontrunner for the post. He has a rich experience of over 3,400 hours of flying fighter aircraft of different types.