NEW DELHI -Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, Dec. 31 took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne. In a brief ceremony, Raha, 59, assumed the charge of the air force from Browne in presence of senior officers, including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar. Born on Dec. 26, 1954, he will remain the IAF chief for three years.
Raha said the force will continue to support the maintenance of security forces deployed for counter-insurgency operations. Besides various technical courses, Raha has done Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course and Junior Commanders’ course. (PTI)