|Vice Chief of the Air Staff|
|Indian Air Force|
|Reports to||Chief of the Air Staff|
|Seat||Air Headquarters, New Delhi|
The Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) is the second-highest ranking Officer in the Indian Air Force. The VCAS is a PSO (Principal Staff Officer) at Air Headquarters at New Delhi. He is responsible for operation and flying related tasks. In the event that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the VCAS assumes the duties and responsibilities of the CAS. The VCAS is a three-star appointment and is held by an Air Officer of the rank of Air Marshal.
The current VCAS is Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora. He succeeded Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria to the post in September 2019. As Vice Chief, Air Marshal Arora will directly be in charge of IAF's ongoing capability build-up and visualizing its future technology requirements.
Order of Precedence
The VCAS ranks at No. 23 on the Indian order of precedence, along with the Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Indian Army and Indian Navy and the Army Commanders (GOC-in-C), Naval Commanders (FOC-in-C) and Air Commanders (AOC-in-C). The VCAS is at the Apex Pay grade (Grade 17), with a monthly pay of ₹225,000 (US$3,200).
|No.||Rank||Name||Appointment date||Left office||References|
|1||Air Vice Marshal||Atma Ram Nanda||1 January 1963||4 August 1963|
|2||Arjan Singh**||5 August 1963||31 July 1964|||
|3||Pratap Chandra Lal**||1 October 1964||14 January 1966|||
|Air Marshal||15 January 1966||1 September 1966|||
|4||Ramaswamy Rajaram||13 December 1966||18 June 1969|
|5||Shivdev Singh||15 July 1969||31 March 1973|
|6||Yeshwant Vinayak Malse||1 April 1973||30 September 1973|
|7||Hari Chand Dewan||1 October 1973||31 March 1976|
|8||Anand Ramdas Pandit||1 April 1976||31 March 1977|
|9||Idris Hasan Latif**||19 May 1977||31 August 1978|
|10||Edul Jahangir Dhatigara||4 September 1978||31 January 1980|
|11||Lal Singh Grewal||1 February 1980||31 December 1980|
|12||Trilochan Singh Brar||22 September 1981||31 December 1983|
|13||Jagdish Raj Bhasin||1 January 1984||31 October 1984|
|14||Prem Pal Singh||1 November 1984||31 October 1984|
|15||Subramaniam Raghavendran||1 January 1986||29 February 1988|
|16||Nirmal Chandra Suri**||1 March 1988||31 August 1991|
|17||Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran||14 October 1991||28 February 1993|
|18||Pondicherry Jayarao Jayakumar||1 March 1993||30 April 1994|
|19||Pratap Rao||6 June 1994||31 July 1995|
|20||Satish Sareen||1 August 1995||31 December 1995|||
|21||Trevor Raymond Joseph Osman||1 January 1996||31 March 1997|||
|22||Anil Yashwant Tipnis**||1 April 1997||31 December 1998|||
|23||Prithvi Singh Brar||4 January 1999||31 July 2000|||
|24||Vinod Patney||1 August 2000||31 July 2001|||
|25||Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy**||1 August 2001||31 December 2001|||
|26||Satish Govind Inamdar||1 January 2002||31 January 2003|||
|27||Michael McMahon||1 February 2003||30 September 2004|||
|28||Sunil Kumar Malik||1 January 2011||31 July 2011|||
|29||Ajit Bhavnani||18 July 2005||31 October 2006|||
|30||B. N. Gokhale||1 November 2006||31 December 2007|||
|31||Pradeep Vasant Naik**||1 January 2008||31 May 2009|||
|32||Pranab Kumar Barbora||1 June 2009||31 December 2010|||
|33||Norman Anil Kumar Browne**||1 January 2011||31 July 2011|||
|34||Krishan Kumar Nohwar||1 August 2011||31 May 2012|||
|35||Dinesh Chandra Kumaria||1 June 2012||30 June 2013|||
|36||Arup Raha**||1 July 2013||31 December 2013|||
|37||Ravi Kant Sharma||31 December 2013||30 May 2015|||
|38||Birender Singh Dhanoa**||31 May 2015||31 December 2016|||
|39||Shirish Baban Deo||31 December 2016||30 September 2018|||
|40||Anil Khosla||1 October 2018||30 April 2019|||
|41||Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria**||1 May 2019||30 September 2019|||
|42||Harjit Singh Arora||1 October 2019||Incumbent|||
** Went on to become Chief of the Air Staff
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