Birender Singh Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took the lead role at the Indian Air Force (IAF) on January 1, 2017.

Commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot, he is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

The Air Chief Marshal has mainly flown the Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft from the Jaguar to the state-of-the-art MiG-29 & Su-30 MKi, with an immaculate record of flight safety throughout his distinguished careeras field commander.

The Air Chief Marshal has many feathers in his hat. As Commanding Officer of a  f ront l ine ground attack fighter squadron, he led the IAF punch during the ‘Limited War’ against Pakistan to evict the enemy from their ‘dug in’ defences in the icy heights of Kargil region.

During the conflict, under his leadership and supervision, the squadron devised unique and innovative methods of bombing in the night at altitudes never before attempted in the history of air warfare.

Before taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff he held the appointment of Vice Chiefofthe Air Staff.