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Indian Airforce Information

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world.Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

Founded8 OCTOBER 1932
HeadquarterNew Delhi
MottoNabhah sprsam diptam,Touch
AnniversryDay8 october
Chief Air Chief MarshalRKS
Bhadauria,PVSM,AVSM,VM,ADC

OFFICERS RANK

Equivalent
NATO Code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1
Marshal of the Indian Air ForceAir Chief MarshalAir MarshalAir Vice MarshalAir CommodoreGroup CaptainWing CommanderSquadron LeaderFlight LieutenantFlying Officer
Ceremonial/
War time rank
Held by the
Chief of the Air Staff

OTHER RANKS

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
No equivalent
No equivalent
Master Warrant OfficerWarrant OfficerJunior Warrant OfficerSergeantCorporalLeading AircraftsmanAircraftsman


BATTLE’S FOUGHT BY INDIAN AIRFORCE

1.INDO- PAKISTAN WAR 1947-1948( FIRST KASHMIR WAR)
2.INDO-CHINA WAR 1962
3.INDO-PAKISTAN WAR-1965
4.INDO-PAKISTANWAR-1971 (LIBERATION WAR)
5.KARGIL WAR-1999

NOTABLE COMMANDER:-

1.Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh,DFC
The first and only Officer to be promoted to the five star rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force.

2.Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee,OBE
the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force.He has been called the “Father of the Indian Air Force”

P.V.C RECIPIENTS

Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, PVC (17 July 1943 – 14 December 1971) was an officer of the Indian Air Force. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration during war time, in recognition of his lone defence of Srinagar Air Base against a PAF air raid during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He is the only member of the Indian Air Force to be honoured with the PVC.

COMMANDS

NAMELOCATION
Central Air CommandAllahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Eastern Air CommandShillong, Meghalaya
Maintenance CommandNagpur, Maharashtra
South Western Air CommandGandhinagar, Gujarat
Southern Air CommandThiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Training CommandBangalore, Karnataka
Western Air CommandNew Delhi

TRAINING CENTRE fOR OFFICERS

  • Air Force Administrative College – Coimbatore
  • Air Force Training Academy – Hakimpet, Hyderabad
  • Air Force Technical Training Centre – Bangalore and Chennai
  • Air Force Non-technical Training Centre – Belgaum

INDIAN AIRFORCE AIR OPERATIONS

FORMATIONS OF INDIAN AIR FORCE

Wings

A wing is a formation intermediate between a command and a squadron. It generally consists of two or three IAF squadrons and helicopter units, along with forward base support units (FBSU). 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 fully fledged air bases playing host to various squadrons. In all, about 47 wings and 19 FBSUs make up the IAF.Wings are typically commanded by an air commodore.

Stations

Within each operational command are anywhere from nine to sixteen bases or stations. Smaller than wings, but similarly organized, stations are static units commanded by a group captain.A station typically has one wing and one or two squadrons assigned to it.

Squadrons and units

Squadrons are the field units and formations attached to static locations. Thus, a flying squadron or unit is a sub-unit of an air force station which carries out the primary task of the IAF. A fighter squadron consists of 18 aircraft; all fighter squadrons are headed by a commanding officer with the rank of wing commander. Some transport squadrons and helicopter units are headed by a commanding officer with the rank of group captain.

Flights

Flights are sub-divisions of squadrons, commanded by a squadron leader. Each flight consists of two sections.

Sections

The smallest unit is the section, led by a flight lieutenant. Each section consists of three aircraft.Within this formation structure, IAF has several service branches for day-to-day operations. They are:


Flying Branch:-
Flying

Technical Branch
Engineering

Ground Branch:-
Logistics
Administration
Accounts
Education
Medical
Dental
Meteorological

INDIAN AIRFORCE FLYING BRANCH

Fighter Aircrafts

AircraftsOriginTypeVariantIn serviceNotes
Mikoyan MiG-21Soviet UnionInterceptorBison54
SEPECAT JaguarUnited KingdomGround attackIM/IS118
Mikoyan MiG-29RussiaMultiroleMiG-29UPG6521 on order
Mirage 2000FranceMultirole2000 H/I57Including 8 trainer variants
Sukhoi Su-30RussiaMultiroleSu-30MKI27212 on order
HAL TejasIndiaMultiroleMk.11723 on order
Dassault RafaleFranceMultiroleEH/DH135 on order

Airborne early warning and control

AircraftsOriginTypeVariantIn serviceNotes
Embraer EMB-145BrazilAEW&C2Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system – 1 on order
Beriev A-50Soviet UnionAEW&CA-50EI3Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar – 2 on order

Reconnaissance

AircraftOriginTypeVariantIn service
Boeing 707United StatesSurveillance1
Global 5000United StatesELINT2
Gulfstream G100IsraelSurveillance1125 Astra2

Electronic Warfare

AircraftOriginTypeVariantIn service
Gulfstream IIIUnited StatesEW / ELINTSRA3

Aerial refuelling

AircraftOriginTypeVariantIn ServiceNotes
Ilyushin Il-78Soviet UnionAerial refuelingIl-78MKI6Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system

Transport

AircraftOriginTypeVariantIn serviceNotes
Boeing C-17United StatesStrategic airlift11
Ilyushin Il-76Soviet UnionStrategic airliftIl-76MD14
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super HerculesUnited StatesTactical airliftC-130J-3011
Antonov An-32UkraineTransportAn-32/32RE10442 are 32RE variant
Hawker Siddeley HS 748United KingdomTransport57
Dornier Do 228GermanyTransport228–201504 on order
Boeing 737United StatesVIP transport737-7003
Embraer Legacy 600BrazilVIP transport4

Helicopters

Boeing AH-64United StatesAttackAH-64E22
Mil Mi-24RussiaAttackMi-24/25/3515
Mil Mi-17RussiaUtilityMi-17V-5223
HAL DhruvIndiaUtility9120 on order – eight are Rudra variants
HAL ChetakFranceLiaison77[5]License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL CheetahIndiaUtility17[5]License-built version of the SA315B LamaL
Boeing CH-47 ChinookUnited StatesTransportCH-47F15[21]

Trainer Aircraft

AIRCRAFTORIGINTYPEVARIENTIN SERVICE
Pilatus PC-7SwitzerlandBasic trainerMk II75
HAL KiranIndia78
BAE HawkUnited KingdomAdvanced jet trainerHawk 132104
SEPECAT JaguarUK / FranceConversion trainerIB30
Mikoyan MiG-21Soviet UnionConversion trainerU/UM39

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