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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

Service No & Branch 13910 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Feb 1975 Course: 113 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2016 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Dec 1975Flt Lt : 14 Dec 1979Sqn Ldr : 14 Dec 1985Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1992
Acting Gp Capt : 09 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 24 Feb 1997Air Cmde : 01 Dec 2003AVM : 26 Nov 2007
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2010C-in-C : 01 Nov 2011Air Chief Marshal : 31 Dec 2013
Training and Other Courses Attended
44 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197340 DSSC (Flt Lt) - 24 Nov 198471 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 14 Jun 198133 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Mar 1989
46 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2006
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1982 - 01 Jan 1983Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
08 Jun 1992 - 05 Jun 1994Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1999 - 01 Jan 2001Gp CaptEmbassy of India, UkraineKyiv Air Attache
01 Feb 2002 - 19 Oct 2003Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
22 Oct 2003 - 25 Dec 2005Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
18 Dec 2006 - 26 Nov 2007Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
- 23 Mar 2010AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air Officer Commanding
01 Apr 2010 - 01 Nov 2011Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 2011 - 31 May 2012Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2013Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2013Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
06 Feb 2009 - No.47 Squadron Commodore Commandant
31 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2016Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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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
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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 Nitin Madhukar Gupte
Flt Cdt Arup Raha
AFAEngine flamed out on

Additional Notes

Remarks: DD News Note added: 2016-06-13

Articles from Main Site

Arup Raha by 1947-1950 -

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