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Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik

Service No 12005 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 21 Jun 1969 Course 102 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 2011
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jun 1989Gp Capt : 22 Feb 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998AVM : 15 Feb 2003
Air Marshal : 13 May 2005C-in-C : 01 Nov 2006Air Chief Marshal : 31 May 2009
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot CO
24 Dec 1997 - Air Cmde1 WingSrinagar AOC
01 Mar 2000 - 01 Dec 2001Air CmdeAFS BidarBidar AOC
- AVMSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar ADC
- AVMAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi DG
- 31 Oct 2006Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Nov 2006 - 31 Dec 2007Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Jan 2008 - 31 May 2009Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
31 May 2009 - 31 Jul 2011Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdePradeep Vasant Naik12005 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference :
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPradeep Vasant Naik12005 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details : VCAS
Unit : Air HQ
Reference :

Additional Notes

Remarks: P V Naik takes over as New CAS Note added: 2009-06-09

Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, PVSM VSM ADC, was born on 22 July 1949 and commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 21 June 1969.  After initial schooling in Sainik School Satara, he graduated with the 33 Course from the National Defence Academy.


In a distinguished career spanning forty years, the CAS has flown a wide variety of combat and trainer aircraft.  After initial training on the HT-2, he has flown the Vampire and the Hunter, and has had extensive operational experience on all variants of the MiG-21.  He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience and a Fighter Combat Leader from the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).  He was selected as one of the first eight pilots to convert on to the MiG-23 BN in the erstwhile USSR, and was responsible for its induction into the IAF.  Besides commanding a front line fighter squadron, he has commanded an important fighter base and Air Force Station Bidar.  He has been Directing Staff at TACDE and the Defence Services Staff College.


During his career, the Air Chief Marshal has held numerous important staff appointments at different Headquarters.  He has been the Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command and the Vice Chief of Air Staff, prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Air Staff.


The Air Chief Marshal is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, and an alumnus of the National Defence College.  He is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.  He has been appointed Honorary ADC to the Honourable President of India.


He is married to Madhubaala and they have two sons.  The elder son is a pilot in the IAF and the younger is a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy.  The Air Chief Marshal is fond of Cricket, Golf, Volleyball and Indian Classical music.