New Delhi: Air Marshal PP Reddy has taken over as the Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee on Tuesday.
Commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Air Force in June 1977, Reddy is an alumnus of the Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
He is a qualified flying instructor and an experimental test pilot who has flown 3600 hours on various types of fighter and transport aircraft, including the SU-30 MKI.
He has commanded a MiG-27 Squadron and a fighter base in the Kashmir Valley.
The Air Marshal has worked in the plans branch at Air Headquarters and was instrumental in the implementation of SU-30 MKI, IL-78 Flight Refueller Aircraft and MiG-27 upgrade programs.
He has also served as the Chief Test Pilot at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment, Air Adviser at High Commission of India, London, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration at South Western Air Command and Senior Air Staff Officer at Training Command.
He was the Director General (Inspection and Safety) at Air Headquarters prior to taking up his present appointment.