IAF appoints new AOP and DG (Inspection and Safety)

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 14:20 hrs

Air Marshal P R Sharma took over as the Air Officer-in-charge Personnel (AOP), while Air Marshal P.P, Reddy, took over as the Director General (Inspection and Safety) at Air Headquarters today.

Previously Commanding the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy, Air Marshal P R Sharma was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on December 14, 1974.

An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Service Staff College, Wellington and Royal College of Defence Studies, London, he is a qualified flying instructor and a test pilot with over 3000 hours of flying.

He has commanded a fighter air base, Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore, besides holding various staff appointments at Air Headquarters, Strategic Forces Command and Integrated Defence Staff.

Air Marshal P.P. Reddy was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force in June 1977.

He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

A qualified flying instructor and a test pilot who has flown over 3600 hrs on various types of fighter as well as transport aircraft, including SU-30 MKI, Air Marshal Reddy has held various command and staff appointments, including Chief Test Pilot at ASTE, Air Adviser at High Commission of India, London, Senior Officer in Charge- Adminstration (SOA), South Western Air Command and Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), Training Command, Bangalore.

Air Marshal PP Reddy is also a recipient of the Presidential Award 'Vayusena Medal'. (ANI)

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