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Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force is headed by Chief of Air Staff with its headquarters at New Delhi.

The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces.

Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict.

It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the Indian Empire and the prefix Royal was added in 1945 in recognition of its services during World War II.

After India achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force served the Dominion of India, with the prefix being dropped when India became a republic in 1950.

Since independence, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay - the invasion of Goa, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. Apart from conflicts, the IAF has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The President of India serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), is a four-star commander and commands the Air Force.

With a strength of approximately 170,000 personnel and 1,400+ aircraft.The Indian Air Force comprises one of the worlds largest air forces.

Commands and structure:

The Indian Air Force is divided into five operational and two functional commands. 

Each Command is headed by an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief with the rank of Air Marshal.

The purpose of an operational command is to conduct military operations using aircraft within its area of responsibility, whereas the responsibility of functional commands is to maintain combat readiness.

Operational Commands
  • Central Air Command (CAC), headquartered at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Eastern Air Command (EAC), headquartered at Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Southern Air Command (SAC), headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • South Western Air Command (SWAC), headquartered at Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • Western Air Command (WAC), headquartered at Subroto Park, New Delhi.
Functional Commands
  • Training Command (TC), headquartered at Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Maintenance Command (MC), headquartered at Nagpur, Maharashtra

The Air force combat fleet is made up of 45 squadrons consists a variety of fighters, fighter-bombers, fighter interceptors, bombers and transport and logistics support aircraft.
  • Air chief Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squardron Leader
  • Flt. Lieutenant
  • Flying officers

On 15 Aug 1947, the Air Force Training Establishments located in India were:
  • Initial Training Wing, Coimbatore formed on 11 July 46. 
  • Elementary Flying Training School, Jodhpur formed on July 42. 
  • Advanced Flying Training School, Ambala formed on July 41. 
  • No.1 Ground Training School, Jalahalli formed on July 47. 
  • No.2 Ground Training School, Tamabaram formed on Feb 47.
Currently we have following AirForce Training Centers in India.

AirForce Training Centers
Air Force Administrative College Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Air Force Academy Hyderabad (Telangana)
Air Force Technical College Jalahalli
Air Force School Sambre, Belgaum
Flying Instructors’ School Tambaram (Tamil Nadu)
Elementrary Flying School Bidar (Andhra Pradesh)
Fighter Training and Transport Hakimpur and Yelahanka (Karnataka)
Training Wings of the Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine Bangluru (Karnataka)
Paratroopers Training School Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Navigation and Signal School Hyderabad (Telangana)
College of Air Warfare Secunderabad (Telangana)
Ground Training Institutes Vadodara (Gujarat) and Barrackpur (West Bengal)



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