New Delhi May 31: Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Pradeep Vasant Naik, a veteran fighter pilot took over as the chief of Indian Air Force replacing F H major on Sunday May 31.
ACM Naik took over the charge when the IAF is undergoing rapid modernisation and is in the process of acquiring 126 Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft, 22 combat helicopters, 15 heavy lift and 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) for its fleet in its efforts to deal with the problem of decreasing number of fighter aircraft squadrons.
ACM naik 52-year old, born in Nagpur, was commissioned into IAF on Jun 21, 1969 as fighter pilot. He has also participated in 1971 Indo-Pak war which involved various command and instructional appointments in his career over 40years. He was also the Vice Chief of Air staff commanded the Allahabad-based central Air Command.