was commissioned as a fighter pilot in June 1980. He has about 2500 hours of flying experience mainly on MiG 21, MiG 23, MiG 27 and MiG 29 aircraft. He has commanded a MiG 29 Squadron and has also been a Chief Operations Officer at an Air Force Station. He has commanded two Air Force Stations in the West and East respectively. Besides his DSSC Course, he has also attended the Senior Officers Course at National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan. He has been the Deputy Commandant College of Air Warfare (CAW) and has held important appointments in the strategic arena. He was Director General (Inspection and Safety) of the IAF till his superannuation in May 2019.