ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal Arshad Malik has been appointed as Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS).
Air Marshal Arshad Malik was born on July 12, 1962, in Faisalabad. He joined PAF in 1978 with 76th GD (P) course and was commissioned as a fighter pilot in December 1983.
He has flown various trainer and fighter aircraft, including Mirage, F-6, F-7P, and F-7PG. During his illustrious career, he had commanded a fighter squadron, a flying wing, an operational air base and a regional air command. During his career, he was also posted to China for two years to oversee and coordinate the development/manufacturing of JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft.
Initially, Malik had also served as deputy chairman and later as chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra. His staff appointments include Personal Staff Officer to Chief of the Air Staff, Director Operations Project, Director Operational Requirement and Development, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (OR&D), Chief Project Director JF-17, and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) at Air Headquarters.
He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College, National Defence University and Air Command and Staff College, United States of America.
In recognition of his meritorious services, he had been awarded the highest civilian awards in Pakistan, including Hilal-i-Imtiaz (military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (military).