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Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari

Service No & Branch 16978 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Dec 1982 Course: 130 Course
Service End: Flying Hours : 3800 Nick Name :
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Aircraft Flown: MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29, Su-30 MKI
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 29 Dec 1983Sqn Ldr : 29 Dec 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999Gp Capt : 01 Mar 2006
Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2009AVM : 01 Apr 2013Air Marshal : 01 Oct 2018C-in-C : 01 Aug 2020
Air Chief Marshal : 30 Sep 2021
Training and Other Courses Attended
61 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1981
Badges Qualified
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Air Chief Marshal
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

17 Sep 2001 - 08 Jun 2003Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
01 Mar 2006 - 08 Jul 2007Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Chief Operations Officer
09 Jul 2007 - 03 Jul 2008Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
16 Mar 2009 - 05 Aug 2009Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-I
06 Aug 2009 - 29 Jul 2011Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Assistant to Chief of Air Staff
30 Jul 2011 - 30 Mar 2013Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Air Defence
01 Apr 2013 - 16 Nov 2014AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
01 Jul 2016 - 30 Sep 2018AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Officers
31 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2020No.28 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2019Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Oct 2019 - 31 Jul 2020Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 2020 - 30 Jun 2021Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jul 2021 - 30 Sep 2021Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
30 Sep 2021 - Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrVivek Ram Chaudhari16978 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2004
Details :

Wing Commander Vivek Ram Chaudhari (16978) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 29 Dec 1982 as a Fighter Pilot. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QF1) with over 3650 h of accident free flying to his credit. He has been part of the first formation aerobatics team on the Kiran Mk-II, Flight Commander of a fighter Squadron (Sqn) and an Air Force Examiner on all MiG variant and all trainer ac. He is presently commanding a fighter Sqn since 17 Sep 2001.

Wg Cdr Chaudhari assumed command of the Sqn at the time when the IAF was put on high alert. With his initiative, hard work, perseverance and excellent leadership qualities, he brought in transformational changes in the functioning of the Sqn. During 'Op Parakram', his Sqn was tasked to deploy at three locations as per the war plans. With only nine pilots and one trainer ac available, he alternated between the bases so as to complete the revalidation of augmented pilots in record time and become operational at the earliest from all three locations. While carrying out day and night Operational Readiness Platform (ORP) duties, he flew over 150 sorties and took part in all exercises. Being the only QF1 at one base, he also undertook the conversion of three under training pilots. In consultation with Tactics and Air Combat Development and Training Establishment (TACDE), he helped in development of tactics for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Vs BVR missile engagements and interception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. While remaining deployed, his Sqn provided Dissimilar Air Combat Training to all the MiG-21 Sqns within the command, thereby enhancing their operational status.

To overcome the constraints of limited ground equipment, which were adequate only for two detachments, he obtained common equipment from co-located fighter Sqns so that his Sqn could operate from five locations on two occasions. He also used the resources of Pechora units for air charging and Nitrogen purity testing resulting in reduced requirements of air cylinders. His Sqn made innovative use of autoloaders for removal of canopy and ejection seat for servicing, thereby saving on frequent ferries to parent base.

Working under constraints of split locations, inadequate communication between them, low manning levels and extended supply lines, he remained ahead of the situations and adopted proactive measures to enhance the output of the unit. By personally moving from one location to another he ensured that he was in constant touch with the entire unit personnel and kept morale of the Sqn high. The Sqn was deinducted after being deployed for thirteen months and was soon inspected by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team, without a warning. Wg Cdr Chaudhari led his Sqn to achieve average plus in operations and high average in maintenance activities.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vivek Ram Chaudhari.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th April 2004 - No.32-Pres/2004 dated 26th January 2004
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMVivek Ram Chaudhari16978 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVivek Ram Chaudhari16978 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
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