Air Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari takes over as SWAC chief

Air Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command (SWAC) at Gandhinagar on 01 May 2023.

He succeeds Air Marshal Vikram Singh, who superannuated on 30 Apr 2023.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he passed out as the President Gold Medalist.

He is a Qualified Flying Instructor as well as an Experimental Test Pilot. Commissioned in the Fighter Stream on 07 Jun 1986, he has flown over 3600 hours on various types of aircraft.

The Air Marshal has rich field experience which also includes operational testing of various weapons and systems, primarily on the Mirage-2000.

He was actively involved in operations and took part in many important missions during the Kargil conflict, and also commanded a frontline fighter base in the Rajasthan sector.

Thereafter, he served as the Chief Test Pilot of ASTE, the Air Force’s premier flight testing establishment. He was Air Attaché at Paris from 2013-16.

On return from France, he commanded Air Force Station Jodhpur. He took over as Project Director (Flight Test) at National Flight Test Centre in Oct 2018, where he was actively involved with the development and operationalisation of Light Combat Aircraft TEJAS.

Prior to assuming charge as the AOC-in-C SWAC, the Air Marshal was Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ(VB). For his distinguished service, he was awarded the ‘Vayu Sena Medal’ in 2008 and ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’ in 2022.