Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 31-12-2013, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne. Born on December 26, 1954, he will remain the IAF chief for three years.
In a brief ceremony, Arup Raha, 59, assumed the charge of the air force from Browne in presence of senior officers, including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar.
Commissioned on December 14, 1974 in the fighter stream of the IAF, Raha has held various command, staff and instructional appointments in his 39-year-old career. He has also served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India in Ukraine. He has also done Strategic Nuclear Orientation course and Junior Commanders course. He has commanded Central Air Command and Western Air Command.