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Encyclopedia > Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Motto: Nabha Sparsham Deeptam
Touch the Sky with Glory
Head Quarters
New Delhi
History and Traditions
History of the Indian Air Force
Establishment October 08, 1932
Personnel
Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Chief of the Air Staff
Indian Air Force ranks and insignia
Aircraft
Aircraft of the IAF
Installations
Bases
Indian Armed Forces
Emblem of India
Emblem
Triservices Crest
Triservices Crest.
Military Man Power
Total armed forces 2,414,700 (Ranked 3rd)
Active troops 1,414,000 (Ranked 3rd)
Total troops 3,773,300 (Ranked 6th)
Paramilitary forces 1,089,700
Components
Indian Army
Indian Air Force
Indian Navy
Indian Coast Guard
Paramilitary forces of India
Strategic Nuclear Command
History
Military history of India
Ranks
Air Force ranks and insignia of India
Army ranks and insignia of India
Naval ranks and insignia of India

The Indian Air Force is the air-arm of the Armed Forces of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting aerial warfare and securing the Indian airspace. It was established on October 8, 1932 as the Indian Air Force. It was granted the prefix "Royal" in 1945 in recognition of its services during the Second World War. The prefix Royal was dropped after India became a Republic in 1950. With its headquarters in New Delhi, the Indian Air Force has a strength of approximately 170,000 personnel and 1,350 combat aircraft (2006 figure) making it the fourth largest air force in the world.[1] Image File history File links Ensign_of_the_Indian_Air_Force. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... The history of the Indian Air Force began with its establishment in 1932 and continues up to the present day. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh DFC was born on April 15, 1919 in Lyalpur, and educated at Montogmery (then a part of undivided India, and, now in Pakistan). ... The head of the Indian Air Force is known as The Chief of the Air Staff (currently Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi). ... The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian Air Force. ... The Indian Air Force, often abbreviated as the IAF, is the worlds fourth largest air force and operates more than 1130 combat and 1700 non-combat aircraft. ... The Indian Air Force currently operates seven Air Commands. ... The Indian Armed Forces is the primary military organization responsible for the territorial security and defence of India. ... Image File history File links Emblem_of_India. ... The Emblem of India The original sculpture The Emblem of India is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This list of countries by size of armed forces displays national troop levels by active troop strength, number of Naval combatants and aircraft. ... Number of active troops per country This is a list of countries sorted by the total number of active troops where the military manpower of a country is measured by the total amount of active troops within the command of that country. ... Number of total troops per country This is a list of countries sorted by the number of total troops within the command of that country, including reserve forces that can aid a depleted active military and/or paramilitary. ... This article is about the post-independence Indian Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Indian_Army. ... Image File history File links Ensign_of_the_Indian_Air_Force. ... The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the armed forces of India. ... Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_India. ... Indian Coast Guards coat of Arms. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) of India is the nodal agency for all command, control and operational decisions regarding Indias nuclear weapon stockpile. ... India has a long military history dating back several millennia. ... The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian Air Force. ... The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian army. ... The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian navy. ... An air force is a military organization that primarily operates in air-based war. ... The Indian Armed Forces is Indias primary defence organisation. ... Aerial warfare is the use of military aircraft and other flying machines in warfare, including military airlift of cargo to further the national interests as was demonstrated in the Berlin Airlift. ... Airspace means the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a particular country on top of its territory and territorial waters or, more generally, any specific three-dimensional portion of the atmosphere. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Indian Empire was a key allied nation during the World War II. The Provinces of India (which included most of modern-day India and parts of Pakistan and Bangladesh), being imperial colonies of Great Britain, were by default a part of the Allies of World War II. Several Indian... Look up republic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ...

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History

Indian Air Force's No.1 Squadron came into being on April 1, 1933. Initially, the IAF consisted of five Indian pilots, one RAF Commanding officer and four Westland Wapiti biplanes..... The history of the Indian Air Force began with its establishment in 1932 and continues up to the present day. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... RAF redirects here. ... Westland Aircraft was a British aircraft manufacturer located in Yeovil in Somerset, formed just before the start of World War II. During the war the company produced a number of generally unsuccessful designs, but their Lysander would serve as an important liaison aircraft with the RAF. After the war the...


World War II (1939-1945)

During World War II, the IAF played an instrumental role in thwarting the advance of the Japanese army in Burma, where its first air strike was on the Japanese military base in Arakan. It also carried out strike missions against the Japanese airbases at Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. During World War II, India was a British Crown colony. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The ensign of Imperial Japanese Navy was a prominent symbol of Imperial Japan. ... Anthem Kaba Ma Kyei Capital Naypyidaw Largest city Yangon Official languages Burmese Demonym Burmese Government Military junta  -  Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Than Shwe  -  Prime Minister Soe Win  -  Acting Prime Minister Thein Sein Establishment  -  Bagan 849–1287   -  Taungoo Dynasty 1486–1752   -  Konbaung Dynasty 1752–1885   -  Colonial rule... Rakhine State (formerly Arakan) is a state of Myanmar. ... Mae Hong Son is a town in north west Thailand, capital of the Mae Hong Son Province. ... A street scene in Chiang Mai, showing (centre right), a gate of the old city wall. ... Nakhon Chiang Rai, showing the ancient city walls and more recent gates : Pratu Nang Ing (ประตูนางอิง) Pratu Chiang Mai (ประตูเชียงใหม่) Pratu Wai (ประตูหวาย) Pratu Pa Daeng (ประตูป่าแดัง) Pratu Pi (ประตูผี) Pratu Kha Tam (ประตูขะต๊ำ) Pratu Tha Nak (ประตูท่านาค) Pratu Tha Sai (ประตูท่าทราย) Pratu Tho (ประตูท่อ) Pratu Yang Soeng (ประตูยางเสิ้ง) Pratu Jao Chai (ประตูเจ้าชาย) Pratu Sri (ประตูสรี) Nakhon Chiang Rai (Thai เชียงราย; locally also...


First Kashmir War 1947

Main article: Indo-Pakistani War of 1947

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, the IAF conducted a paratrooping operation from Safdarjang, then known as Willingdon Airfield, to Srinagar airfield at 09:30 hours IST on October 27. This was the most instrumental action of the war as the paratroopers played a crucial role in blocking the advance of Pakistan militants and Pakistani regular soldiers in the disguise of tribals. Combatants India Pakistan Commanders General K M Cariappa, Lt Gen S M Shrinagesh, Maj Gen K S Thimayya, Maj Gen Kalwant Singh Maj Gen Akbar Khan Casualties 1,104 killed[1](Indian army) 684 KIA(State Forces)[2] [3] 3,152 wounded [1] 1,500 killed[4] (Pakistan army) The... Combatants India Pakistan Commanders General K M Cariappa, Lt Gen S M Shrinagesh, Maj Gen K S Thimayya, Maj Gen Kalwant Singh Maj Gen Akbar Khan Casualties 1,104 killed[1](Indian army) 684 KIA(State Forces)[2] [3] 3,152 wounded [1] 1,500 killed[4] (Pakistan army) The... An American USMC Paratrooper using a MC1-B series parachute Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force. ... , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... For Srinagar in Uttarakhand, see Srinagar, Uttarakhand. ... Location of Mirzapur and the 82. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... An American Paratrooper using a T-10C series parachute Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and formed into an airborne force. ...


Congo Operation 1961

Main article: Congo Crisis

Belgium's 75-year colonial rule of the Congo ended abruptly on June 30, 1960. Unable to control the deteriorating situation in its former African colony, Belgium asked the United Nations for assistance. India was one of the first UN-members to respond to the initial appeal for help and sent IAF Canberra aircraft as a part of the UN-led mission in Congo. Combatants Congo ONUC Cuba Belgium Katanga South Kasai CIA Commanders Patrice Lumumba Pierre Mulele Laurent-Désiré Kabila Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Che Guevara Moise Tshombe Joseph Mobutu Mike Hoare Charles Laurent Albert Kalonji Early history Migration & states Colonization Stanley (1867–1885) Congo Free State Leopold II (1885–1908) Belgian Congo... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... UN and U.N. redirect here. ... The English Electric Canberra was a first-generation jet bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. ...


Indo-China Conflict 1962

Main article: Sino-Indian War

In 1962, in the spate a number of increasingly violent border clashes, China launched a sudden assault on Indian military ground positions in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The IAF was called to counter-attack the Chinese raid and to supply troops fighting near the Sino-Indian border. However, the military and civilian leadership failed to organise and co-ordinate the air assaults efficiently – one of the primary reasons for the Indian defeat in the conflict. Combatants China India Commanders Zhang Guohua[4] Brij Mohan Kaul Strength 80,000[5][6] Casualties Killed 1,460 (Chinese sources)[7] None captured[8][9][10][11] Wounded 1,697[7] Killed 3,128 (Indian sources)[12] Captured 3,968[2] Wounded 548[13] The Sino-Indian War (Simplified... , Arunachal Pradesh   (Hindi:   ) is the easternmost state of India. ... This article is about the area administered by India. ...


Second Kashmir War 1965

Main article: Indo-Pakistani War of 1965

Combatants India Pakistan Commanders Joyanto Nath Chaudhuri Harbakhsh Singh Ayub Khan Musa Khan Casualties 3,264 killed[1] 8,623 wounded[1] (From July to ceasefire) 3,800 killed[2] (September 6 - 22) 4,000 - 8,000 killed/ captured[3][4][5] (July to September 6) The Indo-Pakistani War...

Growth and Re-organization (1965 - 1972)

HAL HF-24 Marut.
HAL HF-24 Marut.

After the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, the IAF underwent a series of changes. In 1966, the Para Commandos regiment was created. With an intention of increasing its logistics supply and rescue operations ability, the IAF inducted 72 Avro 748s which were built by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) under license from Avro. The aircraft were modified to play a variety of roles and were fitted with a large radome to act as a Airborne Early Warning platform. India started to lay more stress on indigenous manufacture of fighter aircraft. A total of 147 HAL HF-24 Marut, designed by famed aerospace engineer Kurt Tank, were inducted into the air force. HAL also started working on a new improved version of Folland Gnat, known as HAL Ajeet. Download high resolution version (1000x420, 86 KB)HAL HF-24 Marut in Deutschen Museum Oberschleissheim Author: Softeis Photo from Wikipedia-DE, modified gamma correction by Pibwl. ... Download high resolution version (1000x420, 86 KB)HAL HF-24 Marut in Deutschen Museum Oberschleissheim Author: Softeis Photo from Wikipedia-DE, modified gamma correction by Pibwl. ... HAL HF-24 Marut The Hindustan Aeronautics HF-24 Marut (Sanskrit: storm deity) was an Indian fighter-bomber aircraft of the 1960s. ... Para Commandos are an elite special forces unit of the Indian Army. ... The Avro 748 was a small short-range turboprop airliner designed by Avro in the late 1950s as a replacement for the now-aged DC-3s then in widespread service as feederliners. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence based in Bangalore, India. ... Avro 504K. Avro was a British aircraft manufacturer, well known for planes such as the Avro Lancaster which served in World War II. One of the worlds first aircraft builders, A.V.Roe and Company was established at Brownsfield Mills, Manchester, England by Alliot Verdon Roe and his brother... Radomes at the Misawa Security Operations Center, Misawa, Japan A radome (a portmanteau of radar and dome) is a structural, weatherproof enclosure used to protect an antenna. ... United States Air Force E-3 Sentry An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. ... An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during an air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. ... HAL HF-24 Marut The Hindustan Aeronautics HF-24 Marut (Sanskrit: storm deity) was an Indian fighter-bomber aircraft of the 1960s. ... Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering concerning aircraft, spacecraft and related topics. ... Kurt Waldemar Tank, 1944. ... The Folland Gnat was an exceptionally small, swept-wing British subsonic jet trainer and light fighter aircraft originally developed for the Royal Air Force, and flown extensively by the Indian Air Force. ... The HAL Ajeet was an Indian development of the British Folland Gnat Fighter that had been built under licence in India. ...


During the late 1960s, the IAF also started inducting MiG-21s and Sukhoi Su-7s fighters which had a top speed of Mach 2. The induction of these advanced fighter jets was the beginning of close collaboration between India and the Soviet Union. With Soviet help, coupled with increasing role of Hindustan Aeronautics, the Indian Air Force was now rated as one of the most sophisticated air forces in Asia. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... Su-7s of the Polish Air Force. ... Mach number (Ma) (pronounced mack in British English and mock in American English) is defined as a ratio of the speed of an object or flow relative to the speed of sound in the medium through which it is travelling. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ...


Bangladesh Liberation War 1971

Main article: Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
IAF C-119 aircraft dropping Indian Paratroopers near Tangail, about 150 km from Dhaka, 11 December 1971.
IAF C-119 aircraft dropping Indian Paratroopers near Tangail, about 150 km from Dhaka, 11 December 1971.

The professional standards, capability and flexibility of the newly re-organized Indian Air Force were soon put to test in December 1971 when India and Pakistan went to war over erstwhile East Pakistan. At the time, the IAF was under the command of Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal. On November 22, 10 days before the start of a full-scale war, four PAF F-86 Sabre jets attacked Indian and Mukti Bahini positions near the Indian-Bangladeshi border in the Battle of Garibpur, and hostilities commenced. In what became the first ever dogfight over Bangladeshi skies, three of the 4 PAF Sabres were shot down by IAF Gnats. December 3 saw the formal declaration of war following massive, but failed preemptive strikes by the Pakistan Air Force against Indian Air Force installations in the west. The PAF targets were against Indian bases in Srinagar, Ambala, Sirsa, Halwara and Jodhpur on the lines of Israeli Operation Focus. But the plan failed miserably as Indians had anticipated such a move and no major losses were suffered. Combatants India Mukti Bahini Pakistan Commanders Sam Manekshaw J.S. Aurora A. A. K. Niazi # Strength 500,000+ troops 400,000+ troops Casualties 3,843 killed[1] 9,851 wounded[1] c. ... Image File history File links Tangail_Airdrop. ... Image File history File links Tangail_Airdrop. ... The C-119 was a U.S. military transport aircraft developed from the World War II Fairchild C-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... East Pakistan was a former province of Pakistan which existed between 1955 and 1971. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Pakistan Air Force (Urdu: پاک فضائیہ, Pak Fazaya) is the Aviation branch of the Pakistan armed forces and is responsible for defending Pakistani air-space from intrusions. ... The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic combat aircraft developed for the US Air Force. ... Liberation War commemoration poster Mukti Bahini (Bengali: ) (Liberation Army), also termed as the Freedom Fighters or FFs was a guerrilla force which fought against the Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. ... Commanders Lt. ... This article is about the aerial combat maneuver. ... A HAL Ajeet fighter . ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Pakistan Air Force Indian Air Force Strength •36 Aircrafts in first two waves. ... Pakistan Air Force (Urdu: پاک فضائیہ, Pak Fazaya) is the Aviation branch of the Pakistan armed forces and is responsible for defending Pakistani air-space from intrusions. ... Operation Focus (Hebrew: מבצע מוקד, Mivtza Moked) was the opening pre-emptive airstrike by Israel at the start of the Six-Day War of 1967. ...


The Indian Air Force was quick to respond to Pakistani air-strikes. Within the first two weeks, the IAF had carried out more than 4,000 sorties in East Pakistan and provided successful air cover for the advancing Indian army in East Pakistan. IAF also assisted the Indian Navy in its operations against the Pakistani Navy and Maritime Security Agency in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. In the west, the air force destroyed 50 tanks and 40 APCs in the famed Battle of Longewala. The IAF pursued strategic bombing by destroying oil installations in Karachi, the Mangla Dam and gas plant in Sindh.[2] As the IAF achieved complete air superiority over the eastern wing of Pakistan within a few days,[3] the ordnance factories, runways, and other vital areas in East Pakistan were severely crippled. In the end, the IAF played a pivotal role in the victory for the Indian Armed Forces leading to the liberation of Bangladesh. In addition to the overall strategic victory, the IAF had also claimed 94[4] Pakistani aircraft destroyed, with 45 IAF aircraft lost. The IAF had however, flown over 7000 combat sorties on both East and West fronts and its overall sortie rate numbered over 15000. Comparatively, the PAF was flying fewer sorties by the day fearing loss of planes. Towards the end of the war, IAF's transport planes dropped leaflets over Dhaka urging the Pakistani forces to surrender; East Pakistani sources note that as the leaflets floated down, the morale of the Pakistani troops sunk.[5] The Crest of the Indian Air Force. ... This article is about the post-independence Indian Army. ... East Pakistan was a former province of Pakistan which existed between 1955 and 1971. ... The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the armed forces of India. ... The Pakistan Navy, is the naval wing of the Pakistan military. ... Look up Bay of Bengal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Arabian Sea (Arabic: بحر العرب; transliterated: Bahr al-Arab) is a region of the Indian Ocean bounded on the east by India, on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by Arabian Peninsula, on the south, approximately, by a line between Cape Guardafui, the north-east point of Somalia... Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are armoured fighting vehicles developed to transport infantry on the battlefield. ... Combatants Indian Army and later Indian Air Force Pakistan Army Commanders Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri Brigadier Tariq Mir Strength 120 troops 2 Recoilless Guns 2000+ troops 65 Tanks 5 Field guns 3 Anti-aircraft guns 138 Military vehicles Casualties 2 men, 1 jeep mounted recoiless gun 200 soldiers. ... The city heart of Rotterdam after being terror bombed by Germany in 1940, the ruin of the (now restored) Laurens Kerk is the only building that reminds people of Rotterdams medieval architecture. ...   (Sindhi: , Urdu: ) is the largest city in Pakistan and is the provincial capital of Sindh province. ... A view of the Mangla Dam The Mangla Dam (Urdu: منگلا بند) in Pakistan is the twelfth largest dam in the world[1]. It was built in 1967. ... Air superiority is the dominance in the air power of one side air forces of another side during a military campaign. ... The Indian Armed Forces is the primary military organization responsible for the territorial security and defence of India. ... Sortie is a term for deployment of aircraft or ships for the purposes of a specific mission. ...

See also: Operation Chengiz Khan, East Pakistan Air Operations, 1971, Helibridge over Meghna, Tangail Airdrop, and Battle of Hilli

Combatants Pakistan Air Force Indian Air Force Strength •36 Aircrafts in first two waves. ... The Crest of the Indian Air Force. ... Meghna Heli Bridge was an operation mounted on 9 December 1971 by the Indian Air Force to Airlift troops of IV Corps of the Indian Army from Brahmanbaria to Raipura and Narsingdi over the River Meghna during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, bypassing the strong Pakistani defenses at Ashuganj... The Tangail airdrop was an operation mounted on 11 December 1971 by the 2nd Parachute Battalion of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. ... Combatants Indian Armed Forces Military of Pakistan Commanders Major General Lachhman Singh Brigadier Tajammul Hussain Malik Strength 20th Indian Mountain Division 205 Infantry Brigade, Pakistan Casualties  ?  ? The Battle of Hilli or the Battle of Bogra was a major battle fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and Bangladesh Liberation...

Operation Meghdoot 1984

Main article: Operation Meghdoot

Operation Meghdoot was the name given to the preemptive strike launched by the Indian Military to capture most of the Siachen Glacier, in the disputed Kashmir region. Launched on April 13, 1984, this military operation was unique as it was the first assault launched in the world's highest battlefield. The military action was quite successful as Indian troops managed to gain two-thirds of the glacier with the rest coming under Pakistani control. Combatants India Pakistan Operation Meghdoot was the name given to the preemptive attack launched by the Indian Military to capture most of the Siachen Glacier, in the disputed Kashmir region, precipating the Siachen Conflict. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Preventative war. ... The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya Mountains along the disputed India-Pakistan border at approximately . ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Planning, calculating, or the giving or receiving of information. ... This article is about the geological formation. ...


Operation Cactus 1988

Main article: Operation Cactus

In November 1988, the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) comprising about 200 secessionists invaded Maldives. At the request of the President of Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Indian Armed Forces with assistance of R&AW launched a military campaign to restore government rule in Maldives. On the night of November 3, 1988, the Indian Air Force airlifted a parachute battalion group from Agra and flew them non-stop over 2,000 kilometres (1,240 mi) to Maldives. The Indian paratroopers landed at Hulule and secured the airfield and restored the Government rule at Malé within hours. The brief, bloodless operation, labelled Operation Cactus, also involved the Indian Navy. An Indian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft that was used to paradrop Indian troops in Male. ... PLOTE stands for Peoples Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam. ... Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Dhivehi: Þ‰Þ¦Þ‡ÞªÞ‰Þ«Þ‚Þª އަބްދުލް ÞŽÞ¦Þ‡Þ°Þ”Þ«Þ‰Þ°) (born December 29, 1937) has been the president of the Republic of Maldives since November 11, 1978, having succeeded Ibrahim Nasir. ... The Cabinet Secretariat Research and Analysis Wing (often abbreviated as R.A.W. or R&AW) is Indias premier external intelligence body. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Agra (disambiguation). ... Hulhule (ހުޅުލެ) is an island in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives. ... Malé (Dhivehi: މާލެ), (pronounced: Maa-lay) population 81,647 (2004), is the capital of the Republic of Maldives located at the southern edge of North Male Atoll Kaafu Atoll. ... The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the armed forces of India. ...


Kargil 1999

Main article: Operation Safed Sagar

During the Kargil War with Pakistan, the Indian Air Force is said to have proved the decisive force in accelerating the end of the conflict. It successfully provided considerable air-cover for Indian troops fighting against Pakistani soldiers and also carried out air assaults against enemy forces in Kashmir. Most notable were the IAF's Mirage 2000 aircraft, which carried out surgical operations to assist ground troops in securing the strategically crucial Tiger Hill from its Pakistani captors. The IAF also carried out several operations to provide essential supplies to the ground troops. During the conflict, one IAF MiG-27 and an IAF MiG-21 were claimed shot down by Pakistani air defence missiles. However the Indian Air Force had stated that the MiG-27 had an engine flameout in the initial stages of attacking the mountain top targets with its cannon.[6] The MiG-21M was on a search operation to find the MiG-27s crash site, when it was shot down. Later, an Mi-17 helicopter was shot down by a shoulder-held missile with the loss of all its crew. A footage of IAFs successful strike mission on Tiger Hill. ... Combatants  India  Pakistan, Kashmiri secessionists, Islamic militants (Foreign Fighters) Strength 30,000 5,000 Casualties Indian Official Figures: 527 killed,[1][2][3] 1,363 wounded[4] 1 POW Pakistani Estimates: 357-500 killed[5][6] (Pakistan troops) 665+ soldiers wounded[5] 8 POW.[7] The Kargil War, also known... A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 (NATO reporting name Flogger) is a ground attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the Bahadur (Valiant). It is based on the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, but optimized... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... Pakistan Air Force (Urdu: پاک فضائیہ, Pak Fazaya) is the Aviation branch of the Pakistan armed forces and is responsible for defending Pakistani air-space from intrusions. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 (NATO reporting name Flogger) is a ground attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the Bahadur (Valiant). It is based on the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, but optimized...


Atlantique Incident

Main article: Atlantique Incident

On August 10, 1999, a Pakistan Navy French-built naval Breguet Atlantic was flying over the Rann of Kutch area and was shot down by two IAF MiG-21 jets killing all 16 aboard. The Atlantique Incident was a major event in which a Pakistan Navy plane was shot down by the Indian Air Force citing border violation. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Pakistan Navy (Urdu: پاک بحریہ) is the naval wing of the Pakistan military. ... The Breguet Atlantic (Breguet 1150 Atlantique) is a Long-distance Reconnaissance airplane, primarily designed for use over open Sea. ... Rann of Kutch on the Top Left. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ...


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Operation Makeni The IAF contingent was tasked to rescue 3 Kenyan battle casualties & 11 UN Military Observers from the besieged garrison of Makeni. The mission was led by SL Daya Sagar & FL MK Yadav. Who offloaded the supplies & immediately took with the casualties & Military observers. While airborne the chopper developed heavy vibrations due to continuous firing from RUF rebels while they had landed to rescue the Military observers. The pilots were well aware of their position on a heavy populated areas so they continued flying till they cleared the residential area & crash landed on a rice field. Their MAYDAY call was picked up by Wing commander Negi who was on the same mission quickly landed his chopper close to the crippled one & took the entire casualties & Military observers, knowing fully aware that they were closed in by RUF rebels from all sides. The pilots made a bold decision to save the life of the Military observers as their primary objective & abandoned their crippled helicopter. This daring & well coordinated rescue was appreciated both by the IAF brass & UN HQ New York.


Operation Khukri To relieve the 222 UN soldiers mostly personnel's from Indian armies Gurkha contingent who were held hostage for 75 days, the IAF along with member countries like Nigeria & Ghana launched a Multilateral mission codenamed Khukri. This mission lasted 3 days & IAF flew 98 sorties & used MI-35, MI-8, & chetak choppers. MI-35 gunships led by Wing commander Satami broke the back of RUF resistance with his relentless & accurate fire power, while MI8 led by Negi provided reinforcements. Chetak choppers were used for Medevac. The success of the operation can be verified from the fact there was minimal or No casualties, & the IAF was complemented by all quarters from UN Security council.


IAF air staff

With its headquarters in New Delhi, the Indian Air Force has a strength of 170,000 personnel and 1430 combat aircraft (2006 figure). , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Officers of the IAF are commissioned in one of the following branches:

  • Flying
  • Engineering
  • Administration
  • Logistics
  • Accounts
  • Education
  • Meteorological
  • Medical & Dental Branch

Rank structure

The highest rank attainable in the IAF is Marshal of the Indian Air Force conferred by the President of India only after exceptional service (Equivalent to Field Marshall in the Indian Army). MIAF Arjan Singh is the only officer to have achieved this rank. The head of the Indian Air Force is the Chief of the Air Staff. The current Air Chief Marshal is Fali Homi Major. Marshal of the Air Force is both a generic term for the most senior rank in an air force, equivalent to Field Marshal or Fleet Admiral and, in some air forces, a rank title. ... The President of India (Hindi: Rashtrapati) is the head of state and first citizen of India and the Supreme Commander of the Indian armed forces. ... Only two Army appointments have been made by the Government of India since independence in 1947. ... Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh DFC was born on April 15, 1919 in Lyalpur, and educated at Montogmery (then a part of undivided India, and, now in Pakistan). ... The head of the Indian Air Force is known as The Chief of the Air Staff (currently Air Chief Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi). ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns in RAF No 1 Dress uniform Air Chief Marshal (Air Chf Mshl or ACM) is a senior air officer rank in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as well as in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and in the air forces... Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major took over as the New Chief of Indian Air Force from Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi on April 1, 2007. ...


Officer

The various ranks of personnel within the Indian Air Force are listed below in descending order:

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Airmen

During its formation, the rank structure of airmen was based on the British model. Over the years the rank structure has seen significant changes.

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Civilian

Almost all the commands have some percentage of civilian strength which are Central Govt. Employees. These are regular ranks which are prevalent in ministries. They play fine roles as they are usually not posted outside their stations and therefor helpful in administration and usual office and technical work. More than 250 different designations exists.


Most common designations of civil administration of Civilians are below:-


CGO (Civilian Gazetted Officer)

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Structure of the IAF

Insignia

Ensign

Crest

Roundel

Fin Flash

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Commands

The Indian Air Force currently operates seven Commands. Each Command is headed by a Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief in the rank of Air Marshal. A command in military organization is a collection of units or a group of personnel under the control of a single officer. ... Air Officer Commanding (AOC) is a title given in the air forces of Commonwealth (and some other) nations to an air officer who holds a command appointment. ... An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ...

Commands HQ Location Current AOC-in-C
Western Air Command Subroto Park, New Delhi Air Marshal P K Barbora Ahluwalia[7]
Eastern Air Command Shillong, Meghalaya Air Marshal P K Barbora
Central Air Command Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Air Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik
Southern Air Command Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Air Marshal Yeshwant Rao Rane[8]
South Western Air Command Gandhinagar, Gujarat Air Marshal S S Dalal
Training Command Bangalore, Karnataka Air Marshal G S Chaudhary
Maintenance Command Nagpur, Maharashtra Air Marshal Nayyar

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Aerospace Command

The IAF is setting up an aerospace command. This command will have space technology including satellites available to them. This command is said to be utilised by all the three services of the Indian armed forces and also for civilian purposes by ISRO[9][10] The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is Indias national space agency. ...


Wings

Wing is a static formation below the level of the Commands and is an intermediate between Command and Squadron. A Wing generally consists of various IAF Squadrons and Helicopter Units and along with the Forward Base Support Units (FBSU), it is responsible for maintaining the installation. FBSUs do not have or host any Squadrons or Helicopter units but act as transit airbases for routine operations. In times of war, they can become full fledged air bases playing host to various Squadrons.


Currently, 47 Wings and 19 FBSUs make up the IAF[11]


Squadrons

Squadrons are the field units and formations attached to static locations. In other words, a Flying Squadron is a sub-unit of an air force station which carries out the primary task of the IAF. All fighter squadrons are headed by the Commanding Officer with the rank of Wing Commander. Some Transport squadrons and Helicopter Units are headed by the Commanding Officer with the rank of Group Captain. A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ... The commanding officer (CO) is the officer in command of a military unit. ... The commanding officer (CO) is the officer in command of a military unit. ... A Group Captains sleeve/shoulder insignia Group Captain (Gp Capt in the RAF, GPCAPT in the RNZAF and RAAF, G/C in the former RCAF) is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. ...

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IAF Bases

The IAF operates over 60 air bases, with more being built or planned. They are grouped under one of the five Regional Air Commands. In addition, the IAF also operates the Farkhor Air Base in Tajikistan. The Indian Air Force currently operates seven Air Commands. ... Farkhor Air Base is the only Indian overseas military base, situated at Farkhor/Ayni in Tajikistan. ...


Western Air Command

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Eastern Air Command

It operates 15 Air bases in Eastern and North-eastern India. The crest of the IAF. Eastern Air Command forms one of the five operational commands. ...


Central Air Command

Operates 7 Air Bases in Madhya Pradesh and surrounding states of central India. , Madhya Pradesh (abbreviated as MP)   (HindÄ«: मध्य प्रदेश, English: , IPA: ), often called the Heart of India, is a state in central India. ...


Southern Air Command

A strategically important Air command, in line with India's latest doctrine of protecting the vital shipping routes. It operates 9 Air bases in South India and 2 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The geographical south of India includes all Indian territory below the 20th parallel. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Andaman Islands. ...


South Western Air Command

The front line of defence against Pakistan, this important Command operates 12 Forward Air Bases in Rajasthan and Gujarat. , Rājasthān (DevanāgarÄ«: राजस्थान, IPA: )   is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. ... This article is for the Indian state. ...


IAF Aircraft

IAF Su-30 MKI
IAF Su-30 MKI
IAF Mirage 2000 Twin Seat
IAF Mirage 2000 Twin Seat
IAF Jaguar
IAF MiG-27
IAF MiG-27
IAF MiG-21 Bison
IAF MiG-21 Bison
IAF IL-76 MD refueling two Mirage-2000

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Air superiority and Multi-role combat aircraft

These are aircraft for strike, offensive support, air defence and superiority purposes. The IAF currently possesses several multi-role fighter jets that perform these functions. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI (MKI: 'Multifunctional Commercial - Indian') is the IAF's prime air superiority fighter. The Su-30K variant was first acquired in 1996. In October 2004, the IAF signed a multi-billion US$ contract with Sukhoi according to which Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was given the licence to manufacture 140+ Su-30MKI's with full technology transfer. HAL plans to manufacture about 15 of these aircraft annually. The twin seater, multi-role fighter has a maximum speed of 2500 km/h (Mach 2.35) and has a service ceiling of 17,500 metres. The aircraft, with one mid-air refueling, can travel as far as 8000 km, making it an effective platform to deliver nuclear weapons. In February, 2007 India ordered 40 additional Su-30MKI combat aircraft. Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, (Modernised-Commercial-Indiski), is the variant of the Sukhoi Su-30. ... Sukhoi-30 MKI is one of the most advanced air superiority fighters. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sukhoi (pronounced [suk-oi]) (Сухой) is a major Russian military fighter aircraft manufacturer. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence headquartered in Bangalore, India. ... Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, (Modernised-Commercial-Indiski), is the variant of the Sukhoi Su-30. ... HAL or Hal may refer to: HAL (software), a daemon that implements, hardware abstraction layer on Linux and FreeBSD HAL Laboratory, a Japanese Nintendo funded video game developer Hal (band), from Ireland The NYSE ticker symbol for Halliburton HAL/S, the computer language used to program the space shuttles... An F/A-18 Hornet breaking the sound barrier. ...


Single-seater Mirage 2000s and MiG-29s serve in both strike and defence squadrons. The MiG-29 (fulcrum) has a top speed of 2445 km/h (Mach 2.3) and is armed with a 30 mm cannon along with R-60 & R-27 R missiles. Capable of flying at 2500 km/h (Mach 2.3), the Mirage 2000-H is the IAF's prime ground-attack fighter jet while the double seater Mirage 2000-TH can also play the role of an effective interceptor aircraft. This aircraft can carry a wide range of weaponry including two 30 mm integral cannons, two Matra super 530D medium-range missiles and two R550 Magic close combat missiles. Four hundred and Fifty multi-role MiG-21 combat aircraft have been serving the IAF for the past two decades.[12][13] The air force plans to eventually replace its remaining 250 or so MiG-21s with the indigenously-built LCA HAL Tejas by about 2012. A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian fighter aircraft used in the air superiority role. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian fighter aircraft used in the air superiority role. ... A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... The MiG-25 is a Russian interceptor that was the mainstay of the Soviet air defence. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... The H.A.L. Tejas (Sanskrit: Radiance) is a fighter aircraft currently under development for the Indian Air Force. ... The HAL Tejas (Sanskrit:  : Radiant) is a lightweight multirole fighter aircraft being developed by India. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Strike, attack and offensive support aircraft

Squadrons of Jaguar IS and MiG-27 aircraft serve as the IAF's primary ground strike force. The twin-engine Jaguar IB, with a top speed of Mach 1.3, is capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The IAF currently possess 100 Jaguar IS and 8 maritime strike Jaguar IM aircraft. The single-seater MiG-27 carries one GSh-6-30 six-barrelled 30 mm cannon, 4000 kg of general-purpose ordnance, SPPU-22 and SPPU-6 gun pods, and various guided air-to-surface missiles. The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 (NATO reporting name Flogger) is a ground attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the Bahadur (Valiant). It is based on the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, but optimized... The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. ... The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. ... The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French ground attack aircraft still in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 (NATO reporting name Flogger) is a ground attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the Bahadur (Valiant). It is based on the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, but optimized... The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30 is a Russian 30mm cannon used by Soviet and later CIS military aircraft. ...


Reconnaissance and Airborne Early Warning aircraft

Various unmanned aircraft are used for reconnaissance. In 2004, the IAF ordered 3 IAI Phalcon Airborne Early Warning radar system from Israel Aerospace Industries, which is considered to be the most advanced AEW&C system in the world, before the introduction of American-made Wedgetail. The air force will use 3 newly-acquired Ilyushin Il-76 Phalcon as a platform for these radar. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Chilean Boeing 707 with a Phalcon radar fitted to its nose. ... United States Air Force E-3 Sentry An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. ... For other uses, see Radar (disambiguation). ... IAI new logo The Avocet ProJet with IAI Logo Israel Aerospace Industries (Hebrew: התעשייה האווירית לישראל) or IAI (תעא) is Israels prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. ... The Boeing Wedgetail is an aircraft designed in response to Australias RFP to vendors for an AEW&C aircraft (and supporting segments) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). ... The Ilyushin Il-78 (NATO reporting name Midas) is a four-engined aerial refueling tanker based on the Il-76. ...


The IAF used to operate a fleet of MiG-25 (Foxbat) R, U reconnaissance aircraft until 2006. The high-speed interceptor aircraft carried four R-40 (AA-6 'Acrid') air-to-air missiles, two R-23 (AA-7 'Apex') and four R-60 (AA-8 'Aphid') or R-73 (AA-11 'Archer'). The MiG-25, in service since the late 1980s, were decommissioned from service in 2006. The IAF also used the English Electric Canberra aircraft for reconnaissance and photoreconnaissance missions during the Kargil war. The Canberras were originally used as Bombers, and served in that role in the 1971 war. MiG 25 Foxbat The MiG-25 (NATO reporting name Foxbat) is a high-speed interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft produced by the Soviet Unions Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau. ... Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... The MiG-25 is a Russian interceptor that was the mainstay of the Soviet air defence. ... R-40, MACS, Zhukovski, 1999. ... A US Navy VF-103 Jolly Rogers F-14 Tomcat fighter launches an AIM-54 Phoenix long-range air-to-air missile. ... MiG-23 armed with two R-23 and two R-60 missiles. ... The Molniya (now Vympel) R-60 (NATO reporting name AA-8 Aphid) is a lightweight air-to-air missile designed for use by Soviet fighter aircraft. ... The Vympel R-73 (NATO reporting name AA-11 Archer) developed by Vympel machine Building Design Bureau, is the most modern Russian short-range air-to-air missile. ... The English Electric Canberra was a first-generation jet bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. ... Combatants  India  Pakistan, Kashmiri secessionists, Islamic militants (Foreign Fighters) Strength 30,000 5,000 Casualties Indian Official Figures: 527 killed,[1][2][3] 1,363 wounded[4] 1 POW Pakistani Estimates: 357-500 killed[5][6] (Pakistan troops) 665+ soldiers wounded[5] 8 POW.[7] The Kargil War, also known... Combatants India Pakistan Commanders Sam Manekshaw J.S. Aurora A. A. K. Niazi Strength 500,000+ troops[citation needed] 400,000+ troops[citation needed] Casualties 3,843 killed[1] 9,851 wounded[1] c. ...


Transport aircraft

The IAF currently operates 25 Ilyushin Il-76 for military transport duties such as tactical and strategic airlift, at all operational levels. The Il-76 MD is a strategic airlifter with a payload of 95,000 lb and a range of over 5,000 km (2,700 nm; 3,100 statute miles). In 2003, the IAF also purchased 6 IL-78MKI aircraft from Russia which were fitted with ARP-3 aerial refueling pods from Israel. The Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name: Candid) is a 4-engined strategic airlifter designed in the Soviet Union and in widespread use in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. ... Military supply chain management is a cross-functional approach to procuring, producing and delivering products and services. ... Antonov An-124 loading a container for the Dutch military A large military cargo aircraft: the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III An airlift is the organized delivery of supplies primarily via aircraft. ... A kilometer (Commonwealth spelling: kilometre), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A nautical mile or sea mile is a unit of length. ... A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ilyushin Il-78 (NATO reporting name Midas) is a four-engined inflight refuelling tanker based on the Il-76. ... Boom and receptacle: USAF KC-135R Stratotanker, two F-15s (twin fins) and two F-16s, on an aerial refueling training mission IAF Il-76 MD refueling two Mirage 2000 fighter jets German Luftwaffe Airbus A310 MRTT ready for refueling, shown at the Paris Air Show 2007 Aerial refueling, also...


IAF has a fleet of 64 Avro 748 which has a payload of 5,136 kg (11,323 lb) and has a range of 1,715 km (926 nm; 1,066 mi). The air force also operates a fleet of 94 twin-engined turboprop Antonov An-32 and 28 Dornier Do 228 utility aircraft. The Avro 748 was a small short-range turboprop airliner designed by Avro in the late 1950s as a replacement for the now-aged DC-3s then in widespread service as feederliners. ... The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name: Cline) is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft. ... The Dornier Do 228 is a small German twin turboprop STOL-utility aircraft, manufactured by Dornier GmbH (later DASA Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier) from 1981 until 1998. ... The Beriev Be-200 is an utility aircraft. ...


Unmanned aerial vehicles

The primary role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is to provide aerial surveillance and reconnaissance. However, DRDO, ADA and HAL are also developing a range of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles. The IAF currently operates IAI Malat-built Searcher MkII and Heron UAVs. Israel Aircraft Industries and Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), India's leading unmanned aerial vehicle research agency are also jointly developing three new UAVs. The £124 million Taranis UAV built by BAE Systems An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft with no onboard pilot. ... J-UCAS Boeing X-45A UCAV technology demonstrator The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) or combat drones is the name of a new class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). ... Israel Aircraft Industries or IAI is Israels prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. ... IAI Heron MALE UAV IAI Heron MALE UAV The Heron or Machatz-1 is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by the Malat division of Israel Aircraft Industries. ... Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over Iraq. ... Israel Aircraft Industries or IAI is Israels prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. ... The Aeronautical Development Agency of the Indias Ministry of Defence was established in Bangalore in 1984 to oversee the development of the nations Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which resulted in the Hindustan Tejas External link ADA website Categories: Stub | Indian aircraft manufacturers ... The £124 million Taranis UAV built by BAE Systems An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft with no onboard pilot. ... Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over Iraq. ...


UAVs can also be used as a pilot-less target aircraft. HAL Lakshya, indigenously-developed pilotless target aircraft, was inducted into the IAF in July 2005. Another UAV, the HAL Nishant Remote Piloted Vehicle (RPV) has also been developed, with an endurance of over 3 hours. The UAV can be used for carrying out ground attacks and aerial surveillance. It will be inducted into the Indian Army by 2007. Another smaller UAV, known as the Kapothaka is also being developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency. The Lakshya is remotely piloted high speed target drone system developed by the Aeronautical development establishment (ADE) of DRDO. The drone, remote piloted by a ground control station provides realistic towed aerial sub-targets for live fire training. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence headquartered in Bangalore, India. ... The DRDO Nishant is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles developed by ADE (Aeronautical Development Establishment) a branch of DRDO for the Indian Armed Forces. ... Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over Iraq. ...


Support helicopters

Aerobatics by Sarang helicopter formation display team.

An important objective of the IAF is to support ground troops by providing air-cover and by transporting men and essential commodities across the battlefield. The list of helicopters currently in service with the IAF: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 202 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Source:[1] Image by B. Harry From http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 202 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Source:[1] Image by B. Harry From http://www. ... Sarang is the helicopter formation display team of the Indian Air Force, one of only two in the world, the other being the Blue Eagles. ...

  • Mi-25/35 (Hind)
  • Mi-26
  • Mi-17 1V (Hip-H)
  • Mi-17 (Hip-H)
  • HAL Dhruv
  • Mi-8 (Hip)
  • HAL Cheetah
  • HAL Chetak

On October 15, 2006 India agreed to acquire 80 Mi-17 helicopters from the Russian Federation in a deal worth approximately US$662 million.[14] The new and improved HAL Dhruv, complete with the more powerful Shakti engine and glass cockpit, came on stream in 2007. The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and operated from 1976 by the Soviet Air Force, its successors, and over thirty other nations. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Mil Mi-17 (Also known as the Mi-8MT, NATO reporting name Hip-H) was a Soviet cargo helicopter. ... The Mil Mi-17 (Also known as the Mi-8MT, NATO reporting name Hip-H) was a Soviet cargo helicopter. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence based in Bangalore, India. ... The HAL Dhruv (Sanskrit:Pole Star) is a multi-role advanced helicopter made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). ... Russian Mi-8 Hip The Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name Hip) is a large transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence based in Bangalore, India. ... Alouette II The Alouette II is a light helicopter originally manufactured by Sud Aviation and later Aérospatiale of France. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence based in Bangalore, India. ... South African Air Force Aérospatiale Alouette III The Aérospatiale Alouette III is a general purpose, single-engined light utility helicopter originally manufactured by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale of France, now Eurocopter). ...


Training aircraft

HAL HJT-36.
HAL HJT-36.

The Indian Air Force currently operates around 250 MiG-21 aircraft.The IAF initially planned to replace the MiG-21 fleet with indigenously-built HAL Tejas aircraft by 2006. However, the target could not be met due to developmental delays and a U.S. sanction, following the Pokhran tests, which blocked the delivery of GE F404 engines - a crucial component of the aircraft. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x487, 78 KB) Summary Taken and donated by John Mullen Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x487, 78 KB) Summary Taken and donated by John Mullen Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The HAL Hindustan Jet Trainer-36 Sitara (Sanskrit: Morning star ) is an Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) trainer aircraft under development by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) ARDC (Aircraft Research and Design Center) for the Indian Air Force. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... The HAL Tejas (Sanskrit:  : Radiant) is a lightweight multirole fighter aircraft being developed by India. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Operation Shakti refers to the second round of nuclear tests conducted by India on May 11 and May 13, 1998. ... Ge may refer to: Gê, a group of indigenous Brazilian tribes and their Ge languages Ge (Cyrillic) (Г, г), a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet Ge with upturn (Ґ, Ò‘), a letter of the Ukrainian alphabet Nikolai Ge, a Russian painter GÄ“, an ancient Chinese dagger-axe Ge (genus), a genus of butterflies Also...


In 2004, the IAF placed an order for 66 Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainers in a deal worth over 1 billion GBP, with deliveries beginning in November, 2007 and induction in February, 2008. Another order for up to 40 more of the aircraft is expected to be placed with BAE Systems in 2008. Pilot instructors and engineers have already been trained in the UK, and the aircraft will go into 'Stage III training' service in mid-2008. The supply of these advanced trainer aircraft will bring to an end the use of the MiG-21 as a training jet. India also manufactures less-sophisticated HAL HJT-16 Kiran and this aircraft will be replaced with the advanced HJT-36. IAF uses HPT-32 Deepak for basic training. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The BAE Systems (BAE) Hawk is an advanced jet trainer which first flew in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence headquartered in Bangalore, India. ... The HAL Hindustan Jet Trainer-36 Sitara (Sanskrit: Morning star ) is an Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) trainer aircraft under development by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) ARDC (Aircraft Research and Design Center) for the Indian Air Force. ... Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence headquartered in Bangalore, India. ...


Future Aircraft

Further information: Indian MRCA Competition

The Indian Air Force currently operates around 250 MiG-21 aircraft. On account of metal fatigue and dated equipment, several MiG-21s used in training roles have crashed over the past six years, killing over 50 IAF pilots. Also, they are nearing the end of their service life having been in the IAF for many decades and are being decommissioned at an increasing pace. The IAF initially planned to replace the MiG-21 fleet with indigenously-built HAL Tejas aircraft by 2006. However, the target could not be met due to developmental delays and a US sanction, following the Pokhran-II nuclear tests, which blocked the delivery of GE F404 engines - a crucial component of the LCA. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The six competing MRCA aircraft. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... The HAL Tejas (Sanskrit:  : Radiant) is a lightweight multirole fighter aircraft being developed by India. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hydrogen Bomb detonated by India during Operation Shakti Pokharan-II refers to test explosions of five nuclear devices, three on 11 May and two on 13 May 1998, conducted by India at the Pokhran test range. ...


The Indian Air Force has a requirement for combat aircraft to replace the MiG-21 in service. The Mirage-2000 were considered as a replacement. However, Dassault announced that it has shut down the assembly line of the Mirage-2000. Hence the IAF included the Mig-29M/M2, Gripen and F-16 in its itinerary of consideration. This was the first time in the IAF's history that an American aircraft was being considered. Later the number of manufacturers was widened to include heavy-weight aircraft like the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and Dassault Rafale. In an interview, the then Air Chief of the IAF M. Shahindra Pal Tyagi admitted to allowing heavy-weight aircraft to compete, "to allow more competition".


The limited series production of the indigenous LCA Tejas aircraft is ongoing at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The aircraft is supposed to get full operational clearance by 2010-12, as the Tejas' development has been accelerated. It is believed that the MRCA's procurement may take a much longer time than Tejas' induction in the IAF, and its subsequent mass production. The air force has issued a Intent (RoI) for procurement of MRCA (Multi Role Combat Aircraft). The following aircraft are participating: Russian MiG-35, French Rafale, European Eurofighter Typhoon, Swedish Gripen and the US F-16C. Besides the F-16Cs, the US has also offered the sale of F-16 Block 70 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. IAF pilots and technicians are familiar with earlier aircraft from MiG and Dassault and would need minimal retraining. Infrastructural and logistical support for maintenance and spares would also be easier for these aircraft compared to the unfamiliar Gripens, F-16s and F/A-18s. Moreover, many analysts feel that the US, whose unpredictable foreign policy might clamp sanctions at any time, cannot be a reliable supplier[citation needed]. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a major aerospace company under the Ministry of Defence headquartered in Bangalore, India. ... The Mikoyan Project 1. ... The Rafale is a French twin-engine delta-wing multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. ... This article is about a fighter aircraft. ... The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin or Gryphon) is a fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. ... ... The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a carrier-based fighter/attack aircraft that entered service in 1999 with the United States Navy. ...


Apart from the 126 multi-role combat aircraft, 180 Su-30MKI air superiority fighters (out of the 230 Su-30MKI fighters ordered, 80 are already in service with the IAF), 220 Light Combat Aircraft, 29 Jaguar combat aircraft, 4 Tu-22M3 bombers, the Indian Air Force has signed contracts for 66 BAE Hawk-132 trainers (deliveries in the pipeline), 80+ combat helicopters, 3 new Long Range UAVs, 8 mid-air refueling planes, 225+ HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer aircraft and some additional medium-range transport aircraft. The Indian Air Force plans to upgrade its fleet of Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 aircraft.[15] Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, (Modernised-Commercial-Indiski), is the variant of the Sukhoi Su-30. ... The H.A.L. Tejas (Sanskrit: Radiance) is a fighter aircraft currently under development for the Indian Air Force. ... The Tupolev Tu-22M (NATO reporting name Backfire) was a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber developed by the Soviet Union. ...

  • Hawk AJT: Deliveries of the first order of 66 Hawk 132 Advanced Jet Trainers began in November, 2007 with induction in February, 2008. An order for 57 (40 for IAF and 17 for Indian Navy) more was placed in 2008. The Hawk, along with the HJT-36, will serve the IAF's future fighter training needs.
  • C-130J Hercules: Indian Air force signed a deal to acquire 6 C-130J Super Hercules in early 2008 for $ 1.059 Billion. Lockheed Martin would deliver the planes on 2011.[16][17]
  • Light Helicopters: A tender for supply of 317 light helicopters will be floated by Ministry of Defence combining the requirements of Indian Air force (120) and Indian Army (197). The Navy is too likely to join this tender. The requirements of Indian Navy being 50-60 Helicopters and this is likely to increase the tender to 367. Unnamed Defense Ministry official stated that Letters of interest have been sent to Kamov, Bell, Augusta Westland and Eurocopter.[18] HAL has also recently joined the race with its Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Although it is still only on drawing board but HAL officials seem to be confident to deliver in time.[19]
  • VIP Helicopters: Indian Air force had floated a tender in 2006 for supply of 8 VIP Helicopters and 4 Medium Lift Helicopters to replace Mi-8 Helicopters of VIP Squadron. IAF concluded the trials of competing helicopters, Augusta Westland EH-101 and Sikorsky S-92 in the period of Jan 14th - Jan 19th 2008.[20]
  • Heavy Lift Helicopters: Indian Air Force has circulated the Request for Information for Heavy Lift Helicopters to the vendors. For this contract, the bidders could include Boeing's CH-47 Chinhooks, Sikorsky and Russian MI's. Indian Air Force has the requirement of 6 such helicopters. This information was provided by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal F H Major on February 6, 2008.[21]
  • Attack Helicopters: Indian Air Force has plans to induct two more squadrons of Attack Helicopters, capable of operating in high altitudes. The new purchase would give the force capability to operate helicopter gunships in both day and night as also in high altitude areas like Siachen, Jammu and Kashmir and North-East. It would give an option to armed forces as it can be deployed in fighting militants in insurgency-prone areas. The US aviation giant Boeing's world best seller AH-64A Apache helicopters, Russian Kamov and MI series and European consortium EADS would be bidding for the IAF's order, which could run up to more than a billion US dollars.[22]

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Under Development

Tejas in formation flight.
  • HAL Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft): The IAF will also buy 220 indigenously-built HAL Tejas light combat aircraft. It has already ordered a total of 28 Tejas aircraft. Weaponization is underway as an LCA Tejas successfully test-fired a Russian R-73 close-combat air-to-air missile off the coast of Goa in October, 2007. These aircraft are expected to enter service in 2012.
  • HJT-36 Sitara: The HAL HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer carried out its maiden test flight in 2003 and is all set to enter service within the next 5 years. HAL recently signed a deal with Russian company Saturn DDB for supply of a specially designed engine for the trainer.
  • Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft: In 2001, the Ministry of Defence signed a deal with Russia to jointly develop and fund the Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsyi (Future Air Complex for Tactical Air Forces) program. The program was initiated to develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft to fill a role similar to that of Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor in all aspects. Initially, Mikoyan-Gurevich's Project 1.44 was expected to get the contract. However, Sukhoi Aviation Corporation came up with a more cost-effective aircraft and won. Design work has commenced on Sukhoi's experimental Su-47 Berkut aircraft. PAK FA proves to be a very ambitious program and the estimated costs for developing the aircraft vary between US$15-20 billion. However, it was announced in August, 2007 by Russian Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin that the development stage of the PAK FA project is complete without any Indian involvement[23] and an Indo-Russian pact on building a fifth-generation fighter has only recently been agreed.[24] The new project may effectively result in the development of an export version of the Russian PAK FA[25] or very closely based on the PAK FA's final article.[26] An official project name had not been assigned to this possible Indo-Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft development programme as of November, 2007.
MCA configuration option.
  • Multirole Transport Aircraft: Hindustan Aeronautics has already commenced the development of a Indo-Russian Multirole Transport Aircraft, which will replace the IAF's ageing fleet of Antonov An-32s.
  • Airawat (AEW&C): India has also revived the Airavat Project, which was India's first attempt in developing an indigenous AEW aircraft. According to various sources,[27] the DRDO has been awarded with INR 1,800 Crores for the first phase of development, scheduled to be completed by 2012.

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Weapons

Air to Air Missiles

  • Vympel AA-8 Aphid
  • Matra Magic 2
  • Matra Super 530
  • Vympel AA-10 Alamo
  • Vympel AA-11 Archer
  • Vympel AA-12 Adder
  • Astra missile- Under development.

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Air to Surface Missiles

  • Zvezda AS-10 Karen
  • Aerospatiale AS-30L
  • Hawker-Matra Martel Missile
  • Kolomna AT-6 Spiral
  • Molniya AS-14 Kedge
  • Zvezda AS-17 Krypton
  • BAe Sea Eagle
  • Raduga AS-18 Kazoo
  • DRDO- NPO Mashinostroeyenia Brahmos- Air launched version under Development

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Surface to Air Missiles

  • Isayev SA-3 Goa:[28][29] The Indian Air Force is considering upgrading its Pechora SA-3 missiles with Polish help whilst it waits for the Akash. According to Janes Missiles and Rockets (December 2005), the IAF would like to conduct the Newa-SCM upgrade package upgrade to 20 S-125M Pechora-CC systems, using primarily the Tatra 8x8 chassis, which is licence-built in India. Installation on specially adapted heavy equipment trailers or Tatra 8x8 vehicles was studied at the request of the Indian Air Force. It incorporates a new ZNO-X digital transmitter/receiver block developed by the Przemyslowy Instytut Telekomunikacji (PIT) to replace the original magnetron-based hardware. The unit uses digital technology, including digital frequency synthesis, and has automatic built-in test facilities. While the ZNO-X is an expensive upgrade, it significantly improves system performance. Most of the upgrade work would be done in India, although the core elements of the upgrade would be delivered from Poland.[30]

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Future Surface to Air Missile Systems

  • Akash- Indian Air force has approved the induction of Akash Missile System and had intiated the process of inducting the system. Akash has successfully demonstrated its performance through number of flight tests.[31][32] DRDO and IAF jointly began a ten day intensive trial of Akash on Dec 13 2007 aimed at making IAF familiar with the system.[33]Defence News reports that IAF has already ordered two units (batteries) of Akash which are likely to be inducted by 2009.[32].
  • Trishul- Development of Trishul is complete. It has met the IAF requirements during its various developmental flight trials. DRDO is presently in dialogue with IAF for possible induction.[34] Frontier India reports that Indian Air force is considering to induct small quantity to meet partial requirement of LLQRM (Low Level Quick Reaction Missile) System.[31]. However it is not known if IAF has placed a formal order of Trishul SAM System.
  • SPYDER Surface to Air Missile System (Python-5 & Derby Missiles): Indian Air force earlier decided to acquire 18 Spyder SAM Systems at a cost of $325 million.[35].[36] But recently Defence Ministry has ordered a probe into the deal following allegations of illegal influencing of the purchase process. Central Vigilance Commission is currently reviewing the deal.[37][38]It was reported in Feb 2008 that Rafael is to sign Production Transfer Programme (PTP) agreement with Tata Power for maintenance and production of the SAM System. Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared the deal in Jan 2008. Rafael's director for air-to-air and air defence systems Oron Oriol stated that agreement on the deal is expected before March 31 2008.[39]
  • "Maitri" LLQRM (Low Level Quick Reaction Missile): DRDO is in talks with MBDA to develop Maitri LLQRM for Army, Airforce and Navy. Sources said that DRDL is preparing feasibility report and is awaiting formal clearance from defence ministry.[40][41][42]

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Surface to Surface Missiles

  • Prithvi-II: 250km Prithvi-II Ballistic Missile is currently under IAF service which could be used to target airfields, command and control centers etc.[43][44]

In Fiction

  • Sainyam - A Malayalam movie starring Mammooty as Capt. Eshwar and Mukesh. The film was shot in Hyderabad based Indian Air Force Academy.
  • Vijeta - A Hindi film is also based on IAF.Amrish Puri played the role of a flamboyant officer who trains pilots Chief Instructor Verghese.
  • Border a film about 1971 War has some scenes of Indian airforce hunter fighter bombers.

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Gallery

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He is assisted by six principal staff officers: the vice chief of air staff, the deputy chief of air staff, the air officer in charge of administration, the air officer in charge of personnel, the air officer in charge of maintenance, and the inspector general of flight safety.
The air force is deployed into five operational commands: the Western Air Command, headquartered at New Delhi; the Southwestern Air Command, headquartered at Jodhpur, Rajasthan; the Eastern Air Command, headquartered at Shillong, Meghalaya; the Central Air Command, headquartered at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; and the Southern Air Command, headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala.
The air force and the navy draw a disproportionate number of their recruits from the urban areas, where educational opportunities are adequate to generate applicants capable of mastering technical skills.
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It was established on October 8, 1932 as the Indian Air Force.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) was established with the passing of the Indian Air Force act on October 8, 1932.
During the Kargil War with Pakistan, the Indian Air Force is said to have proved the decisive force in accelerating the end of the conflict.
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