Rajiv Dayal Mathur

Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur, PVSM,AVSM, VSM,ADC is an officer in the Indian Air Force. He is currently the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command. He assumed the office on 1 March 2019 succeeding Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar.[2][3]

Rajiv Dayal Mathur

Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur promoted to the rank of Air Marshal.jpg
Service/branchIndian Air Force
Years of service4 June 1982 - Present
RankAir Marshal
Service number16772[1]
Commands heldEastern Air Command
AwardsAti Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal

Early life and educationEdit

Mathur did his schooling from St Joseph's Academy, Dehradun. He joined National Defence Academy in 1978. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He also holds M.Sc and M Phil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.[3][4]


Mathur was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on June 4, 1982. He is a qualified flight instructor and has flying experience of over 5000 hours on a variety of fighter aircraft and helicopters.[2][5]

He has commanded a fighter aircraft squadron and a front-line air base. He has held various other appointments including Principal Director of information and electronics warfare, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (space) at air headquarters New Delhi, and air defence commander at headquarters Eastern Air Command. He has also been in-charge of air force's Air Warfare Strategy Cell as well as space, cyber, air traffic services and media and public relations directorate.[4][6] He took over the position of Senior Air Staff Officer, South Western Air Command in August 2018.[5]

Honours and decorationsEdit

During his career, Mathur has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) in 2003 and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2014 for his service.[1]

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vishisht Seva Medal

Personal lifeEdit

Air Marshal Mathur is married to Shipra Mathur who is the president of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional).[7]


  1. ^ a b "368 Republic Day Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  2. ^ a b @IAF_MCC (2019-03-02). "Air Marshal RD Mathur, takes over as the Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Air Command of IAF, 01 Mar 19. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 5000 hrs of flying experience on a variety of Fighter aircraft & Helicopters" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b "Rajiv Dayal Mathur takes over as Air Chief, Eastern Air Command". 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ a b "AIR VICE MARSHAL RD MATHUR PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF AIR MARSHAL". 2016-02-14. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  5. ^ a b "Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur takes over as SWAC Sr Staff Officer". 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  6. ^ "Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur takes over as the Senior Air Staff Officer of SWAC". 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ "Air Marshal RD Mathur takes over as Aoc-In-C of EAC". 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
Military offices
Preceded by
Raghunath Nambiar
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command
1 March 2019 - Present
Succeeded by