After the retirement of BS Dhanoa, today RKS Bhadoria took over as the new Chief of the Air Force. Dhanoa arrived at the National War Memorial in Delhi before retiring. Here he paid homage to the martyred soldiers. BS Dhanoa assumed the position on 31 December 2016 after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
Air Chief Marshal Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was asked if the Air Force was ready to strike another Balakot-like strike in the future. We will be ready to face any challenge, any threat.
"We are aware of the reports and we will take necessary action whenever necessary," Bhadauria said when Pakistan's Balakot terrorist camp was reactivated. Bhadoria said on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's warning of nuclear war to India that it was his understanding of nuclear attacks. We have our own understanding, our own analysis. We will be ready to face any challenge.
BS Dhanoa was born in Deoghar, Jharkhand (formerly Bihar). His ancestral village is Gharuan located in Punjab. Dhanoa's father was an IAS officer, served as Chief Secretary in Punjab and Bihar during the 1980s and later as an advisor to the Punjab Governor. Dhanoa studied at the Indian National Military College Dehradun and the National Defense Academy, Pune. He also studied at the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington in 1992.