Arup Raha takes over as IAF chief

Veteran fighter pilot Arup Raha Tuesday 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 charge of the IAF from Browne in the presence of senior officers, including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar.

Raha, who was born on December 26, 1954, will remain the IAF chief for three years.

Raha, in his message to the 1.75 lakh-strong force, said the IAF is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full spectrum capability.

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