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Norman Anil Kumar Browne




  • Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, also known as "Charlie" Browne, is the current Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of the IAF, he was Vice Chief of the Air Staff until he replaced outgoing Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik on 31 July 2011. 
  • Browne is the twentieth CAS of the IAF and a fighter pilot who has logged over 3,100 hours flying Hunters, Jaguars, MiG 21s and Sukhoi 30s besides others.
  • Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne is an alumnus of National Defence Academy who has also served as an instructor at the Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.
  • Browne trained with the Royal Air Force, in the United Kingdom, on Jaguar aircraft before commanding a Jaguar Squadron. A graduate of Air Command and Staff College, Albama, USA he has held many appointments including Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of the SU-30 Base, Air-I at Western Air Command and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters. Browne was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on June 24, 1972. Before taking over as the Vice chief of the Air Staff in January 2011, he was the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command, IAF's most vital operational command.

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