Indian Air Force Order of Battle

Operational Forces

Support Forces

Direct Reporting Units

Operational Forces

Unit Base Type Role
Central Air Command1
4 Wing Agra
106 Squadron Agra HAL / Avro 748M Electronic Intelligence
15 Wing Bareilly
8 Squadron Bareilly Su-30MKI Fighter – Multirole
24 Squadron Bareilly Su-30MKI Fighter – Multirole
111 Helicopter Unit Bareilly Chetak Communications
17 Wing Gorakhpur
16 Squadron Gorakhpur Jaguar IS Attack
27 Squadron Gorakhpur Jaguar IS Attack
105 Helicopter Unit Gorakhpur Mi-8 Assault / Transport
29 Wing Allahabad-Bamrauli2
40 Wing Gwalior-Maharajpur
1 Squadron Gwalior-Maharajpur Mirage 2000H Air Defence
7 Squadron Gwalior-Maharajpur Mirage 2000H Air Defence
Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment Gwalior-Maharajpur MiG-21 Tactics Training
Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment Gwalior-Maharajpur MiG-27 Tactics Training
Eastern Air Command3
5 Wing Kalaikunda
18 Squadron Kalaikunda MiG-27M Attack
10 Wing Jorhat
43 Squadron Jorhat An-32 Transport
129 Helicopter Unit Jorhat Mi-17 Assault / Transport
11 Wing Tezpur
MiG Operational Flying Training Unit Tezpur MiG-21UM Operational Training
MiG Operational Flying Training Unit Tezpur MiG-21US Operational Training
115 Helicopter Unit Tezpur Chetak Communications
14 Wing Chabua
Helicopter Unit Chabua Mi-8 Assault / Transport
Helicopter Unit Chabua Mi-17 Assault / Transport
16 Wing Hashimara
22 Squadron Hashimara MiG-27M Attack
222 Squadron Hashimara MiG-27M Attack
19 Wing Gauhati
59 Squadron Gauhati HAL / Avro 748M Transport
118 Helicopter Unit Det Gauhati Mi-8 Assault / Transport
20 Wing Bagdogra
142 SSS Flight Bagdogra Chetak Search & Rescue / Communications
22 Wing Kumbhirgram
110 Helicopter Unit Kumbhirgram Mi-8 Assault / Transport
42 Wing Mohanbari
127 Helicopter Unit Mohanbari Mi-17 Assault / Transport
128 Helicopter Unit Mohanbari Mi-17 Assault / Transport
Southern Air Command4
37 Wing Car Nicobar
121 Helicopter Unit Car Nicobar Mi-8 Assault / Transport
43 Wing Coimbatore-Sulur
33 Squadron Coimbatore-Sulur An-32 Transport
109 Helicopter Unit Coimbatore-Sulur Mi-8 Assault / Transport
122 Helicopter Unit Port Blair Mi-8 Assault / Transport
South-Western Air Command5
2 Wing Pune/Lohegaon
20 Squadron Pune/Lohegaon Su-30MKI Fighter – Multirole
30 Squadron Pune/Lohegaon Su-30MKI Fighter – Multirole
27 Wing Bhuj
15 Squadron Bhuj MiG-21bis Air Defence / Attack
32 Wing Jodhpur
10 Squadron Jodhpur MiG-27UPG Attack
29 Squadron Jodhpur MiG-27UPG Attack
107 Helicopter Unit Jodhpur Mi-8 Assault / Transport
107 Helicopter Unit Jodhpur Mi-8S VIP / Transport
116 Helicopter Unit Jodhpur Chetak Communications
119 Helicopter Unit Jodhpur Mi-8 Assault / Transport
33 Wing Jamnagar
6 Squadron Jamnagar Jaguar IM Maritime Attack
6 Squadron Jamnagar Jaguar IS Attack
6 Squadron Jamnagar Jaguar IB Continuation Training
28 Squadron Jamnagar MiG-29 Air Defence
141 SSS Flight Jamnagar Chetak Search & Rescue / Communications
35 Wing Suratgarh
23 Squadron Suratgarh MiG-21I Air Defence / Attack
104 Helicopter Unit Suratgarh Mi-35 Attack
36 Wing Vadodara
11 Squadron Vadodara HAL / Avro 748M Transport
41 Wing Jaisalmer
44 Wing Nagpur
44 Squadron Nagpur Il-76MD Transport
46 Wing Nal-Bikaner
5 Forward Base Support Unit Uttarlai
4 Squadron Uttarlai MiG-21I Air Defence / Attack
12 Forward Base Support Unit Naliya
101 Squadron Naliya MiG-21M Air Defence / Attack
Western Air Command 6
1 Wing Srinagar
3 Wing Palam
41 Squadron7 Palam HAL / Avro 748M Transport
7 Wing Ambala
3 Squadron Ambala MiG-21I Air Defence / Attack
5 Squadron Ambala Jaguar IS Attack
14 Squadron Ambala Jaguar IS Attack
8 Wing Adampur
47 Squadron Adampur MiG-29 Air Defence
223 Squadron Adampur MiG-29 Air Defence
9 Wing Halwara
12 Wing Chandigarh
25 Squadron Chandigarh Il-76 Transport
25 Squadron Chandigarh An-32 Transport
48 Squadron Chandigarh An-32 Transport
126 Helicopter Flight Chandigarh Mi-26 Transport
18 Wing Pathankot
108 Squadron Pathankot MiG-21M Air Defence / Attack
125 Helicopter Unit Pathankot Mi-35 Attack
23 Wing Leh
114 Helicopter Unit Leh Cheetah Communications
130 Helicopter Unit Leh Mi-17 Assault / Transport
28 Wing Hindan
131 Forward Air Control Flight Hindan Cheetah Observation
181 Flight Hindan HAL / Avro 748M Transport / Communications
30 Wing Sarsawa
117 Helicopter Unit Sarsawa Dhruv Attack / Utility
152 Helicopter Unit Sarsawa Mi-17 Assault / Transport
34 Wing Bhatinda
17 Squadron Bhatinda MiG-21M Air Defence / Attack
39 Wing Udhampur
132 Forward Air Control Flight Udhampur Cheetah Observation
153 Helicopter Unit Udhampur Mi-17 Assault / Transport
45 Wing Sirsa
21 Squadron Sirsa MiG-21I Air Defence / Attack
1.      Central Air Command also has air bases at Bihta and Nagpur under care and maintenance with no permanently resident units.2.     No operational forces stationed here, but base does accommodate training unit (see Training Command).3.     Eastern Air Command also has Forward Base Support Units (FBSUs) at Agartala, Calcuttta (Dum Dum), Panagarh and Shillong.4.     Southern Air Command has no combat forces permanently stationed here. Main air bases under Southern Air Command are at Bangalore (Yelahanka), Begumpet, Bidar, Dundigal, Hakimpet, Tambaram, Port Blair and Car Nicobar, with most accommodating training units (see Training Command). Also FBSUs at Madurai and Trivandrum (17 FBSU).5.     South-Western Air Command has control of new base constructed at Phalodi in 2004; also has FBSUs at Ahmedabad (4 FBSU) and Uttarlai (5 FBSU).

6.     Western Air Command also has FBSUs at Amritsar (1 FBSU) and Awantipur (8 FBSU).

7.     Supports air force headquarters in New Delhi.

Support Forces

Unit Base Type Role
Training Command HQ Bangalore, Karnataka
Air Force Academy1 Allahabad-Bamrauli HPT-32 Deepak Training
Air Force Academy1 Dundigal Kiran Training
Air Force Academy1 Bidar Kiran Training
Air Force Academy1 Hakimpet Kiran Training
Flying Instructors’ School Tambaram HPT-32 Deepak Instructor Training
Flying Instructors’ School Tambaram Kiran Instructor Training
Helicopter Training Squadron Hakimpet Chetak Training
Helicopter Training Squadron Hakimpet Cheetah Training
Navigation and Signals School Begumpet HAL / Avro 748M Navigation Training
Paratroop Training School Agra An-32 Paradrop Training
Test Pilots’ School Yelahanka Various Training
Fixed Wing Training Flight Yelahanka HAL / Avro 748M Training
Fixed Wing Training Flight Yelahanka An-32 Training
Fixed Wing Training Flight Yelahanka Dornier 228 Training
52 Squadron2 Bidar Kiran II Aerobatic Display Team
112 Helicopter Unit Yelahanka Mi-8 Training
151 Helicopter Unit Yelahanka Dhruv Training
Maintenance Command HQ Nagpur, Maharashtra
HQ Flight Nagpur HAL / Avro 748M Communications
1 Base Repair Depot Kanpur-Chakeri Various Overhaul
2 Base Repair Depot Gwalior-Maharajpur Various Overhaul
3 Base Repair Depot Chandigarh Mi-8 Overhaul
3 Base Repair Depot Chandigarh Mi-17 Overhaul
3 Base Repair Depot Chandigarh Mi-25 Overhaul
3 Base Repair Depot Chandigarh Mi-35 Overhaul
4 Base Repair Depot Kanpur-Chakeri Various Overhaul
5 Base Repair Depot Coimbatore-Sulur Various Overhaul
11 Base Repair Depot Ojhar Various Overhaul
Base Repair Depot Jodhpur MiG-21 Overhaul
1.     Operates from several locations as shown. Dimona motor gliders attached to National Defence Academy. Hawk to be stationed at Bidar after delivery in November 2007.2.     Also known as ‘Surya Kiran’ (Sun Rays).

Direct Reporting Units

Unit Base Type Role
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam Boeing 737 VIP / Transport
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam HAL/Avro 748M VIP / Transport
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam EMB-135BJ VIP / Transport
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam Dornier 228 VIP / Transport
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam Mi-8S VIP / Transport
Air Headquarters Communications Squadron Palam An-32 VIP / Transport
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka MiG-29 Trials
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka MiG-27 Trials
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka MiG-21 Trials
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka HAL/Avro 748M Trials
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka Dhruv Trials
Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment Yelahanka Cheetah1 Trials
Air Research Centre, Research and Analysis Wing Palam Boeing 707-337C Trials
Air Research Centre, Research and Analysis Wing Palam Boeing 737 Trials
Air Research Centre, Research and Analysis Wing Palam Gulfstream SRA-1 Trials
Air Research Centre, Research and Analysis Wing Palam An-32 Trials
Air Research Centre, Research and Analysis Wing Palam Il-76 Trials
Air Cadets Various CH 701 Air Experience
1.     Note: Loaned from the army.

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