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.
List of Vice Chiefs
|Air Vice Marshal||Atma Ram Nanda||1 January 1963||4 August 1963|
|Air Vice Marshal||Arjan Singh**||5 August 1963||31 July 1964|||
|Air Vice Marshal||Pratap Chandra Lal**||1 October 1964||14 January 1966|||
|Air Marshal||Pratap Chandra Lal**||15 January 1966||1 September 1966|||
|Air Marshal||Ramaswamy Rajaram||13 December 1966||18 June 1969|
|Air Marshal||Shivdev Singh||15 July 1969||31 March 1973|
|Air Marshal||Yeshwant Vinayak Malse||1 April 1973||30 September 1973|
|Air Marshal||Hari Chand Dewan||1 October 1973||31 March 1976|
|Air Marshal||Anand Ramdas Pandit||1 April 1976||31 March 1977|
|Air Marshal||Idris Hasan Latif**||19 May 1977||31 August 1978|
|Air Marshal||Edul Jahangir Dhatigara||4 September 1978||31 January 1980|
|Air Marshal||Lal Singh Grewal||1 February 1980||31 December 1980|
|Air Marshal||Trilochan Singh Brar||22 September 1981||31 December 1983|
|Air Marshal||Jagdish Raj Bhasin||1 January 1984||31 October 1984|
|Air Marshal||Prem Pal Singh||1 November 1984||31 October 1984|
|Air Marshal||Subramaniam Raghavendran||1 January 1986||29 February 1988|
|Air Marshal||Nirmal Chandra Suri**||1 March 1988||31 August 1991|
|Air Marshal||Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran||14 October 1991||28 February 1993|
|Air Marshal||Pondicherry Jayarao Jayakumar||1 March 1993||30 April 1994|
|Air Marshal||Pratap Rao||6 June 1994||31 July 1995|
|Air Marshal||Satish Sareen||1 August 1995||31 December 1995|||
|Air Marshal||Trevor Raymond Joseph Osman||1 January 1996||31 March 1997|||
|Air Marshal||Anil Yashwant Tipnis**||1 April 1997||31 December 1998|||
|Air Marshal||Prithvi Singh Brar||4 January 1999||31 July 2000|||
|Air Marshal||Vinod Patney||1 August 2000||31 July 2001|||
|Air Marshal||Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy**||1 August 2001||31 December 2001|||
|Air Marshal||Satish Govind Inamdar||1 January 2002||31 January 2003|||
|Air Marshal||Michael McMahon||1 February 2003||30 September 2004|||
|Air Marshal||Sunil Kumar Malik||1 January 2011||31 July 2011|||
|Air Marshal||Ajit Bhavnani||18 July 2005||31 October 2006|||
|Air Marshal||B. N. Gokhale||1 November 2006||31 December 2007|||
|Air Marshal||Pradeep Vasant Naik**||1 January 2008||31 May 2009|||
|Air Marshal||Pranab Kumar Barbora||1 June 2009||31 December 2010|||
|Air Marshal||Norman Anil Kumar Browne**||1 January 2011||31 July 2011|||
|Air Marshal||Krishan Kumar Nohwar||1 August 2011||31 May 2012|||
|Air Marshal||Dinesh Chandra Kumaria||1 June 2012||30 June 2013|||
|Air Marshal||Arup Raha**||1 July 2013||31 December 2013|||
|Air Marshal||Ravi Kant Sharma||31 December 2013||30 May 2015|||
|Air Marshal||Birender Singh Dhanoa**||31 May 2015||31 December 2016|||
|Air Marshal||Shirish Baban Deo||31 December 2016||30 September 2018|||
|Air Marshal||Anil Khosla||1 October 2018||30 April 2019|||
|Air Marshal||Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria**||1 May 2019||30 September 2019|||
|Air Marshal||Harjit Singh Arora||1 October 2019||Present|||
** Went on to become Chief of the Air Staff
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