Air Marshal P K Barbora, an experienced fighter pilot, was on Wednesday named as the new vice chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from June 1.
Barbora is currently the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command, the most important operational area for the IAF comprising Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan.
Barbora will take over from Air Marshal P V Naik, who was recently named by the government to take over as the new IAF chief when the current chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major retires on May 31.
The government also named Air Marshal N A K Browne, the current Deputy Chief of Air Staff (DCAS) at the IAF headquarters, as the Western Air Commander in place of Barbora.
Browne, also a fighter pilot, will take over on June 1 when Barbora moves to the IAF headquarters as the vice chief.
In another major appointment that would come into effect on the same day, Air Marshal NV Tyagi, who is holding the post of Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at Gandhinagar-based South Western Air Command (SWAC), would replace Air Marshal Browne as the new DCAS.
Air Marshal D C Kumaria, who was recently elevated as the Director General Air (Operations) at Air Headquarters, would take Air Marshal Tyagi's place in SWAC as the new SASO at SWAC.
Air Vice Marshal AK Gogoi, on promotion as Air Marshal, would take over as the new Director General Air (Operations) at Air Headquarters in Kumaria's place.