Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM was born on 04 Sep 1962 and commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 29 Dec 1982. He is an alumni of the National Defence Academy. The Air Officer has flown various aircraft and is experienced on MiG-21, MiG-23MF and Mig-29 and has flown over 3800 hrs and he was a member of the first aerobatic team on Kirans. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. The Air Marshal has a rich experience of operational flying, having undertaken numerous Air Defence missions during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar.
The Air Officer has been an Air Force Examiner on several types of fighter and trainer aircraft. He commanded a MiG-29 Squadron and served as the Chief Operations Officer of 1 Wg AF. He commanded 8 FBSU before taking overs as Ops I A and later as Air I at HQ CAC IAF. He has done tenures as an Instructor at DSSC Wellington as well as DSCSC at Zambia. He served as the AA to the CAS and later commanded 2 Wing Air Force. As an AVM, he served as Deputy Commandant Air Force Academy, ACAS Ops (AD) and ACAS (PO). On promotion to Air Marshal, he has tenanted two appointments; those of Deputy Cheif of the Air Staff and Senior Air Staff Officer HQ EAC prior to taking over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor (Category A) and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He has commanded 15 Squadron, the Flying Lances, and an important airbase in the Western sector. He has tenanted operational as well as staff appointments in three major Commands of the IAF: WAC, SWAC and EAC. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College.
In recognition for his meritorious services of an exceptionally high order, the Air Marshal was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (VM) in Jan 2004, Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) in Jan 15 and Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) in Jan 2021.
The Air Officer is married to Mrs. Neeta Chaudhari and they are blessed with two sons.