New Delhi: Air Marshal NA K Brown will be the next Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief. Air Marshal Brown, who has never participated in any of the war activity, will hold the command of the force in August this year.

Born in Allahabad, Air Force Vice President and the fighter pilot Brown stepped into defence service after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He was also posted in Israel’s Tel Aviv during the 1999 Kargil war.

Having joined the Air Force as fighter pilot on June 24, 1972, Air Marshall Brown has an experience of more than 3,000 flying hours apart from the flight experience of almost the entire fighter fleet including Sukhoi-30.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakvasla, Air Marshal Brown has been a trainer in Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), besides being the instructor in the defence services staff college of all three defence forces.

Air Marshal Brown has an experience of training at Alabama based Air Command and Staff College in United States and the UK’s Royal Air Force.

During 38 years of his service, Brown has been the Joint Director of the Air Battle Cell in Air Force Headquarters, apart from holding responsibilities as Chief Operation Officer and Head of Western Command.

Brown has been lauded for his service in defence force with special service medal, Ativishisht Sewa Medal, Air Force Medal and Honorary President of the ADC as well. Meanwhile, Brown's son Omar is already in the Air Force as a fighter pilot.

JPN/Bureau