The officer was commissioned into the Fighter Stream of the IAF on 29 Dec 1982. Total Flying experience of more than 3000 hours which includes more than 1000 hrs of instructional flying. A Qualified Flying Instructor and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner Fully Ops on the erstwhile Ajeet and Jaguar aircraft. Raised and commanded the first Harpy (Pechora III) squadron of the IAF. Commanded an Air Defence Direction Centre (47 SU) and an operational base (AF Stn Gorakhpur).
One of the few to have served in senior ranks in both the Joint Services Commands of the country. Andaman & Nicobar Command as the Air Force Component Commander and Strategic Forces Command as the Chief Staff Officer (Air Vector). The other joint services appointments include Air Officer Commanding Maritime Air Ops in Mumbai and Chief Instructor, Air Force, at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
Has done the Staff Course, Higher Air Command Course and a year’s course in International Security & Strategy at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London.
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