Indian Air Force Database

Flying Units

The first Indian Air Force unit raised was No.1 Squadron, Indian Air Force on 1st April 1933. Since then a number of Squadrons, Flights and Units were raised spanning the number range 1-224. With the exception of a few SA-2 Squadrons raised in the mid 60s, all other Squadrons operated either fixed wing aircraft or helicopters.

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Fighter
No.121 (Ad-Hoc) Squadron
No.122 (Ad-Hoc) Squadron
No.53 (AAF) Squadron
No.54 (AAF) Squadron
No.55 (AAF) Squadron
No.120 (Ad-Hoc) Squadron
No.123 (Ad-Hoc) Squadron
Transport
●No.87 Squadron
No.103 Flight
Helicopter
●No.104 Helicopter Squadron
●No.125 Helicopter Squadron
No.134 FAC Flight
●No.142 SSS Flight
●No.154 Helicopter Unit
●No.159 Helicopter Unit
Communication Flight
●HQ Eastern Command Communication Flight
●HQ South Western Air Command Communication Flight
Target Towing Flight
No.2 Target Tug Unit
Missile Units

The Air Defence Missile Squadrons and UAV Squadrons. IAF initially had SA-2 and later SA-3 (Pechora), Igla and recently the Akash Missile systems

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Akash SAM
●No.2402 Squadron
●No.2403 Squadron
●No.2404 Squadron
●No.2405 Squadron
●No.2406 Squadron
●No.2407 Squadron
●No.2408 Squadron
Harpy
●No.2232 Squadron
Igla
●No.2301 Flight
●No.2302 Flight
●No.2303 Flight
●No.2304 Flight
●No.2306 Flight
●No.2307 Flight
●No.2308 Flight
●No.2309 Flight
●No.2310 Flight
OSA - AK
●No.2251 Squadron
●No.2252 Squadron
●No.2254 Squadron
●No.2256 Squadron
●No.2257 Squadron
●No.2258 Squadron
SA-2
No.34 Squadron
No.50 Squadron
No.53 Squadron
No.58 Squadron
No.61 Squadron
No.62 Squadron
No.63 Squadron
No.64 Squadron
No.65 Squadron
No.66 Squadron
No.67 Squadron
No.68 Squadron
No.69 Squadron
No.70 Squadron
No.71 Squadron
No.73 Squadron
No.80 Squadron
SA-3
●No.2201 Squadron
●No.2203 Squadron
●No.2204 Squadron
●No.2205 Squadron
●No.2206 Squadron
●No.2207 Squadron
●No.2208 Squadron
●No.2211 Squadron
●No.2215 Squadron
●No.2216 Squadron
●No.2218 Squadron
●No.2219 Squadron
●No.2220 Squadron
●No.2221 Squadron
●No.2223 Squadron
●No.2225 Squadron
●No.2226 Squadron
●No.2227 Squadron
Spyder
●No.2259 Squadron
●No.2260 Squadron
Signal Units

Signal Units, Signal Squadrons, TRUs refer to the various Air Defence Radar, Communication and Electronic Warfare units that are spread across the length and breadth of the Country

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●335 Transportable Radar Unit
12 Signal Unit
●25 Signal Unit
●27 Signal Unit
●50 Signal Unit
●53 Signal Unit
●131 Signal Unit
●135 Signal Squadron
●151 Signal Squadron
●152 Signal Squadron
●153 Signal Squadron
●154 Signal Squadron
●155 Signal Squadron
●170 Signal Unit
●171 Signal Unit
●172 Signal Unit
●173 Signal Unit
●174 Signal Unit
●175 Signal Unit
●276 Signal Squadron
●299 Signal Squadron
●306 Transportable Radar Unit
●308 Transportable Radar Unit
●310 Transportable Radar Unit
●312 Transportable Radar Unit
●313 Transportable Radar Unit
●315 Transportable Radar Unit
●316 Transportable Radar Unit
●321 Transportable Radar Unit
●322 Transportable Radar Unit
●323 Transportable Radar Unit
●324 Transportable Radar Unit
●325 Transportable Radar Unit
●326 Transportable Radar Unit
●331 Transportable Radar Unit
●334 Transportable Radar Unit
●336 Transportable Radar Unit
●337 Transportable Radar Unit
●339 Transportable Radar Unit
●341 Transportable Radar Unit
●342 Transportable Radar Unit
●343 Transportable Radar Unit
●344 Transportable Radar Unit
●346 Transportable Radar Unit
●347 Transportable Radar Unit
●348 Transportable Radar Unit
●349 Transportable Radar Unit
●351 Transportable Radar Unit
●354 Transportable Radar Unit
●356 Transportable Radar Unit
●364 Signal Unit
●366 Signal Unit
●601 Signal Unit
●701 Signal Unit
●703 Signal Unit
●704 Signal Unit
●705 Signal Unit
●706 Signal Unit
●707 Signal Unit
●708 Signal Unit
●710 Signal Unit
●711 Signal Unit
●714 Signal Unit
●716 Signal Unit
●717 Signal Unit
●725 Signal Unit
●727 Signal Unit
●730 Signal Unit
●731 Signal Unit
●736 Signal Unit
●737 Signal Unit
●746 Signal Unit
●747 Signal Unit
●751 Signal Unit
●753 Signal Unit
●756 Signal Unit
●757 Signal Unit
●760 Signal Unit
●761 Signal Unit
●762 Signal Unit
●763 Signal Unit
●764 Signal Unit
●765 Signal Unit
●766 Signal Unit
●767 Signal Unit
●768 Signal Unit
●771 Signal Unit
●772 Signal Unit
●774 Signal Unit
●775 Signal Unit
●776 Signal Unit
●777 Signal Unit
●781 Signal Unit
●783 Signal Unit
●785 Signal Unit
●787 Signal Unit
●788 Signal Unit
●791 Signal Unit
●792 Signal Unit
●794 Signal Unit
●795 Signal Unit
●796 Signal Unit
●797 Signal Unit
●798 Signal Unit
●851 Signal Unit
●852 Signal Unit
●853 Signal Unit
●855 Signal Unit
●859 Signal Unit
●861 Signal Unit
●862 Signal Unit
●863 Signal Unit
●864 Signal Unit
●865 Signal Unit
●866 Signal Unit
●867 Signal Unit
ADGES
●750 Signal Unit
●830 Signal Unit
●857 Signal Unit
Aerostat
●11 Aerostat Unit
●22 Aerostat Unit
ATSRU
●902 Signal Unit
Centre
●Air Force Communication Centre
●Master Control Centre
ELM 2084
●250 Signal Unit
●255 Signal Unit
●257 Signal Unit
●259 Signal Unit
●263 Signal Unit
●265 Signal Unit
●274 Signal Unit
●275 Signal Unit
GCA Radar
●951 Squadron
●953 Squadron
●954 Squadron
●955 Squadron
Indra II Radar
●340 Transportable Radar Unit
●362 Signal Unit
Master T
MOF
●411 Mobile Observation Flight
●422 Mobile Observation Flight
●431 Mobile Observation Flight
●432 Mobile Observation Flight
●443 Mobile Observation Flight
●444 Mobile Observation Flight
●455 Mobile Observation Flight
●456 Mobile Observation Flight
●457 Mobile Observation Flight
●458 Mobile Observation Flight
●462 Mobile Observation Flight
●463 Mobile Observation Flight
●464 Mobile Observation Flight
●476 Mobile Observation Flight
●477 Mobile Observation Flight
●478 Mobile Observation Flight
●481 Mobile Observation Flight
●482 Mobile Observation Flight
●483 Mobile Observation Flight
●485 Mobile Observation Flight
●487 Mobile Observation Flight
●488 Mobile Observation Flight
●489 Mobile Observation Flight
●491 Mobile Observation Flight
●494 Mobile Observation Flight
●496 Mobile Observation Flight
●496 Mobile Observation Flight
●499 Mobile Observation Flight
Rohini 3D-CAR
●304 Transportable Radar Unit
STS-68
●301 Transportable Radar Unit
●302 Transportable Radar Unit
●303 Transportable Radar Unit
●305 Transportable Radar Unit
●307 Transportable Radar Unit
●311 Transportable Radar Unit
●314 Transportable Radar Unit
●332 Transportable Radar Unit
THD-1955
Tropo
●773 Signal Unit
●793 Signal Unit
●799 Signal Unit
TRS-2215
●240 Signal Unit
WEU
●41 Wireless Experimental Unit
●42 Wireless Experimental Unit
●43 Wireless Experimental Unit
●44 Wireless Experimental Unit
●45 Wireless Experimental Unit
●46 Wireless Experimental Unit
Logistics Maintenance Units

Working Under the Maintenance Command, these units support the technical and logistic needs of the IAF. The Units include Base Report Depots, Equipment Depots, Repair & Salvage units and Air Stores Parks

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AFRU
●1 Air Force Range Unit
●2 Air Force Range Unit
●3 Air Force Range Unit
●4 Air Force Range Unit
MCU
●32 Movement Control Unit
●33 Movement Control Unit
MMPU
●21 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●22 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●23 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●24 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●25 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●26 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●27 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●28 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
●29 Missile Maintenance and Preparation Unit
RMU
●71 Repair and Maintenance Unit
●72 Repair and Maintenance Unit
●73 Repair and Maintenance Unit
●74 Repair and Maintenance Unit
●75 Repair and Maintenance Unit
BRD
No.1 Aircraft Repair Depot
ED
●41 Equipment Depot
●42 Equipment Depot
●43 Equipment Depot
●44 Equipment Depot
●45 Equipment Depot
ASP
RSU
●44 Repair and Salvage Unit
Air Force Stations and Bases

Bases are typically Static Geographical Locations that host other lodger units. These include Wings, Forward Base Support Units (FBSU), Care& Maintenance Units, MEMUs and other Air Force Stations. These are commanded by a Station Commander or an AOC (Air Officer Commanding)

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SP
1 Staging Post
Wing
31 Wing
310 Wing
AFS
●AFS Cotton Green
FBSU
3 Forward Base Support Unit
9 Forward Base Support Unit
CMU
1 Care and Maintenance Unit
●3 Care and Maintenance Unit
●6 Care and Maintenance Unit
8 Care and Maintenance Unit
9 Care and Maintenance Unit
10 Care and Maintenance Unit
12 Care and Maintenance Unit
14 Care and Maintenance Unit
Commands

The IAF currently has five operational commands, each of which is headed by an AOC-in-C (Air Officer Commander-in-Chief) with the rank of Air Marshal and two additional commands - Training Command and Maintenance Command. IAF Air Marshals also command tri-services commands such as Andaman & Nicobar Command and Strategic Forces Command

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Advance HQ
Sector AD HQ
●1 Air Defence Control Centre
●2 Air Defence Control Centre
●3 Air Defence Control Centre
1 Air Defence Area
Sector HQ
Operational
Support
Tri-Service
HQ Unit
●HQ CAC Unit
●HQ EAC Unit
●HQ MC Unit
●HQ SAC Unit
●HQ SWAC Unit
●HQ TC Unit
●HQ WAC Unit
Inter Service Liason

The Operational Commands sometimes have Sub-Sectors and Tactical Air Centers based on regional locations or Advance Head Quarters, whose main function is to liason with the Army or Navy.

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LU
●1 Air Force Liaisoning Unit
●2 Air Force Liaisoning Unit
●3 Air Force Military Liaisoning Unit
●4 Air Force Military Liaisoning Unit
Air Force Laison Cell
TAC
Flying Training Institutions

Various Flight training and specialist institutions involving fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Some of these institutions have since been disbanded or renamed.

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Advanced Training
●Hawk Operational Training Squadron
Conversion and Training Squadron
No.1 Transport Training Wing
Basic Flying Training
Institution
Intermediate Flying Training
Service Flying Training
Ground Training Institutions

Various training and specialist institutions for Technical, Administrative and Medical branches

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Ground Training
●Air Force School of Physical Fitness
●Air Force Technical College
●Air Force Police & Security Training Institute
●Institute of Flight Safety
Administrative Training Institute
No.3 Air Force College
●Airmen Training School
4 Ground Training School
5 Ground Training School
6 Ground Training School
7 Ground Training School
8 Ground Training School
Institute
●Central Servicing Development Organisation
●ADGES Maintenance and Standards Establishment
Technical Type Training
5 Type Training Conversion Unit
●4 Field Training Unit
●5 Field Training Unit
●6 Field Training Unit
1 Type Training Conversion Unit
2 Type Training Conversion Unit
3 Type Training Conversion Unit
6 Type Training Conversion Unit
7 Type Training Conversion Unit
8 Type Training Conversion Unit
1 Guided Weapons Training Institute
2 Guided Weapons Training Institute
Maintenance Conversion Flight, Mirage 2000
Maintenance Conversion Flight, Jaguar
Maintenance Conversion Flight, Illyushin-76
●Maintenance Conversion Flight, Avro
●Maintenance Conversion Flight, Canberra
●Maintenance Conversion Flight, Iskra
●Maintenance Conversion Flight, Chetak / Cheetah
Technical Type Training school
●3 TETTRA School
●5 TETTRA School
●6 TETTRA School
●7 TETTRA School
●10 TETTRA School
●11 TETTRA School
●12 TETTRA School
●15 TETTRA School
●16 TETTRA School
●17 TETTRA School
●18 TETTRA School
●20 TETTRA School
●21 TETTRA School
●UAV TETTRA School
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Units

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons were first established in the 2000s when the first UAV Squadron based on the Israeli Heron was raised

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UAV
●No.3002 Squadron
●No.3004 Squadron
●No.3005 Squadron
●UAV Technical Flight
Security Units

Security Units are usually involved in providing security facilities to IAF establishments - including protection against Airfield Attacks.

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Garud
●601 Garud Flight
●602 Garud Flight
●603 Garud Flight
●604 Garud Flight
●605 Garud Flight
●607 Garud Flight
●608 Garud Flight
●609 Garud Flight
●610 Garud Flight
●611 Garud Flight
●612 Garud Flight
●614 Garud Flight
●615 Garud Flight
Provost
●19 Provost and Security Unit
●1 Provost and Security Unit
●2 Provost and Security Unit
●4 Provost and Security Unit
●5 Provost and Security Unit
●6 Provost and Security Unit
●7 Provost and Security Unit
●9 Provost and Security Unit
●10 Provost and Security Unit
●11 Provost and Security Unit
●12 Provost and Security Unit
●14 Provost and Security Unit
●16 Provost and Security Unit
●20 Provost and Security Unit
●21 Provost and Security Unit
●23 Provost and Security Unit
●25 Provost and Security Unit
●27 Provost and Security Unit
●28 Provost and Security Unit
Medical Units

Medical Units of the IAF include hospitals, Training Establishments and Dental centers

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Dental
●1 Air Force Dental Center
●2 Air Force Dental Center
●3 Air Force Dental Center
●4 Air Force Dental Center
●6 Air Force Dental Center
●8 Air Force Dental Center
●9 Air Force Dental Center
●11 Air Force Dental Center
●12 Air Force Dental Center
●14 Air Force Dental Center
●17 Air Force Dental Center
●18 Air Force Dental Center
●19 Air Force Dental Center
Hospital
8 Air Force Hospital
●10 Air Force Hospital
●15 Air Force Hospital
Institute
●No.1 Aero Medical Training Centre
●No.2 Aero Medical Training Centre
●Air Force Institute of NBC Protection
1 Aero Medical Unit
2 Aero Medical Unit
3 Aero Medical Unit
Air Force Central Dental Establishment
Non IAF Establishments

Non IAF Establishments are those to which IAF officers are posted as commanding officers. Typically these establishments rotate command across all the three major forces.

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Institute
●Air Armament Inspection Wing
Para Military
REB
●Regional Examination Board (Central)
●Regional Examination Board (East)
●Regional Examination Board (South)
●Regional Examination Board (West)
Sainik School
IAF Recruitment Establishments

IAF Recruitment Units are involved in active recruitment of Officers and Airmen

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Airmen
●1 Airmen Selection Centre
●2 Airmen Selection Centre
●3 Airmen Selection Centre
●4 Airmen Selection Centre
●5 Airmen Selection Centre
●6 Airmen Selection Centre
●7 Airmen Selection Centre
●8 Airmen Selection Centre
●9 Airmen Selection Centre
●10 Airmen Selection Centre
●11 Airmen Selection Centre
●12 Airmen Selection Centre
●14 Airmen Selection Centre
●15 Airmen Selection Centre
Officer
●3 Air Force Selection Board
●5 Air Force Selection Board
National Cadet Corps

The air force component of the National Cadet Corps consists of several Air Squadrons and Technical Squadrons distributed across all states. These units provide a taste of life in the air force for the students by providing gliding and powered flying training as well as technical training in form of aero-modelling.

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Flying Sqn
HQ Directorate
HQ Group
HQ NCC
Tech Sqn
●2 Telengana Air (Tech) Sqn NCC

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●1 Air Force Band
●2 Air Force Band
●3 Air Force Band
●4 Air Force Band
●5 Air Force Band
●6 Air Force Band