On Thursday, Raghunath Nambiar, the Kargil war hero and present Eastern Air Command chief Air Marshal has been appointed as the new chief of IAF’s sword arm Western Air Command (WAC).
During the Kargil war, the Air Marshal was successful in shooting five of the eight Laser Guided Bombs on the Pakistani positions from his jet.
The headquarter of the WAC is situated in Delhi. It controls a wide range of area from north of Bikaner in Rajasthan up to Siachen Glacier, managing almost 40 percent of the air bases of the Indian Air Force.
Air Marshal Nambiar has the highest record of flying maximum hours on the Mirage-2000 in the IAF which is over 2300 flying hours. He also managed to acquire a total of 2100 hours of flying experiences.
Raghunath Nambiar is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was the Project Test Pilot for the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar has been a Flight commander of a Mirage-2000 Squadron, the Senior Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE).
He also commanded the prestigious No. 1 Squadron which is the oldest Squadron of the IAF. Air Marshal Nambiar was also awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry by the President of India for the Kargil Operations.
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