Air Marshal Sandeep Singh AVSM VM took over as Vice Chief of the Indian Airforce on October 1st.. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the Air Marshal was commissioned in the flying branch of IAF in Dec. 1983 as a Fighter pilot. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and a Qualified Flying Instructor. He has rich and diverse experience in operational and experimental test flying on various types of fighter aircraft and has flown about 4400 hours.
During his nearly thirty eight years of service , the Air Marshal has held numerous important command and staff appointments. He has commanded Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment, a frontline air base and an operational fighter squadron. He has held the appointments of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters. Prior to assuming the current appointment, he held the appointment of AOC-in-C South Western Air Command.