The New Chief
ACM Arup Raha has the onerous task of taking the IAF to its full combat glory

ACM Arup Raha CAS

On December 31, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha took over the command of Indian Air Force (IAF) as the 24th Chief of Air Staff (CAS). With a three-year tenure ahead of him, the new Air Chief will have enough time to address the issues plaguing IAF’s modernisation plans. While the induction of C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in the last few years have added the much needed strategic and tactical lift capabilities for the IAF, the most worrisome aspect remains the depleting number of fighter jets, intermediate trainers and helicopter squadrons.

ACM Arup Raha has his focus sharp on these issues. “The IAF is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full spectrum capability. Accretion through new acquisitions, replacement of obsolete equipment with state-of-the-art inductions and upgrade of vintage weapon platforms would bolster our capabilities,” he said while taking over from ACM NAK Browne.

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