Air Marshal C Harikumar is AOC-in-C WAC
Air Marshal SB Deo is VCAS
Air Marshal SB Deo took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 2 January 2017. He was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 15 June 1979, is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is a FCL (Fighter Combat Leader) and a ‘Cat A’ Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3,800 hours of operational and training flying, and was also Directing Staff at TACDE.
Air Marshal SB Deo has been AOC of a major fighter base, has commanded a MiG-21 Bison squadron and a Signals Unit, and was also Chief Operations Officer of a forward base. Prior to taking over as VCAS, he was AOC-in-C of Western Air Command (WAC), AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command (EAC), DG Air (Ops), AOC Cobra Group, AD Commander and Air I at HQ Central Air Command besides holding various staff appointments and working in Ops/Plans Directorates at Air HQ.
Lt Gen Sarath Chand is VCOAS
Air Marshal C Harikumar took over as AOC-in-C, Western Air Command ( WAC) on 1 January 2017. He was commissioned into the IAF in 1979, is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader, with over 3,300 hours of flying and having had instructional tenures at Fighter Training Wing (FTW), Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and College of Air Warfare (CAW). He has commanded a MiG-21 Squadron, the TACDE, and a frontline fighter base. His staff appointments include Ops 1A, Air-I at HQ WAC and Deputy Director Air Staff Inspection, Director Operations (Joint Planning) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at HQ South Western Air Command (SWAC). The Air Marshal was AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command (EAC) prior to his present appointment.
Air Marshal Anil Khosla is AOCin-C Eastern Air Command
Air Marshal Anil Khosla has taken over as AOC- in- C, Eastern Air Command. Commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in December 1979, he has over 4,000 hours of accident free flying, mainly on variants of the Jaguar, MiG- 21 and HJT- 16 Kiran. He is an A2 category flying instructor and a fighter strike leader, and has stood first in the order of merit in various courses he has attended: the Flying Instructor Course, Fighter Strike Leaders Course, Junior Command Course and Staff Course.
The Air Marshal has vast instructional experience and has been Directing Staff at the Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Flying Instructor School (FIS). He has commanded No. 6 Squadron ‘Dragons’ with the maritime strike Jaguar, and two frontline bases of the IAF at Jaisalmer and Ambala. He was AOC HQ Maritime Air Operations and AOC Commanding J&K Area.