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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

Service No 13910 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 15 Feb 1975 Course 113 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 2016
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1992Air Cmde : 01 Dec 2003AVM : 26 Nov 2007Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2010
C-in-C : 01 Nov 2011Air Chief Marshal : 31 Dec 2013
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
08 Jun 1992 - 05 Jun 1994Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronPune CO
01 Jan 1999 - 01 Jan 2001Gp CaptEmbassy of India, UkraineKyiv Air Attache
01 Feb 2002 - 19 Oct 2003Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Stn Cdr
- Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Dy Cmdt
18 Dec 2006 - 26 Nov 2007Air Cmde8 WingAdampur AOC
- 23 Mar 2010AVMAdvance HQ, WAC, ChandigarhChandimandir AOC
01 Apr 2010 - 30 Oct 2011Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Nov 2011 - 31 May 2012Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
01 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2013Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
01 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2013Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
31 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2016Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrArup Raha13910 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Wing Commander Arup Raha was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 14 December 1974. He has served as an instructor at both Flying Instructors School and at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). He is currently an Examiner for awarding instrument rating on MiG-29 aircraft. Trained in Russia, he has contributed immensely towards operational utilisation of the MiG-29 aircraft. He is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College.

Wg Cdr A Raha was appointed the Commanding Officer of a MiG-29 Squadron (Sqn) in June 1992. On taking over Command, he faced the problem of poor operational status of aircrew and lack of supervisory pilots, compounded by reduced flying effort due to lack of spares. With thorough planning and sustained effort, within a period of one year his squadron achieved fully operational status for all aircrew. The Sqn currently boasts of 10 supervisors and 10 Trainer Captains with 100 percent instrument rated status which is an exceptional achievement.

Wg Cdr A Raha ensured a very high serviceability state of aircraft despite the nonavailability of critical spares from Russia. The officer's exceptional professional competence has helped in evolving sound operational tactics for the MiG-29 aircraft in Air Defence role. The current tactics for the aircraft in intercept role were formulated by him. He has flown more than 700 h/1250 sorties on MiG-29 aircraft, possibly the highest in the IAF. He has to his credit 3300 hrs of accident free flying.

For exceptional devotion to duty the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Arup Raha.

Unit : 47 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 1995 - No.99-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1995
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMArup Raha13910 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalArup Raha13910 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 Sep 1974Kiran HJT-16Flt Lt N M Gupte
Flt Cdt Arup Raha
Martin Baker List Cdt A Raha