No.118 Helicopter Unit Challengers

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1971-11-22
The unit crest of 118 HU, AF "THE CHALLENGER" consists of three rotor blades superimposed over the mountain on top depicting snow clad mighty Himalayas and water on the bottom depicting the Brahamaputra river in all its glory. The scenario depicts the area of operations of 118 HU since inception (apart from the basic of VVIP/VIP, the unit also carries out Causality Evaluation as and when need arises). The unit has been operating into the far reaches of Himalayas doing Air Logistics in aid of the state government of Arunanchal Pradesh as well as the Indian Army deployed along the IB with neighboring China. Helicopters of the unit has been tasked with flood relief operation for the entire north east and has also undertaken extensive flood relief operations in the other parts of the country and the adjoining country of Bhutan. The unit was formed on 22 Nov 71 under the command of Wg Cdr RD Pant, VM, it was first unit to be equipped with the versatile MI-8 helicopters. The unit took an active part in IPKF operations in Srilanka in 1987. This unit has been providing assistance to civil authorities in entire North East, West Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa. This being earmarked as a VIP unit, it has been involved in providing airlift to President, Vice President, Prime Minister of India and visiting foreign dignitaries on a number of occasions.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
22 Nov 71 to Wing Commander Rajendra Dev Pant4737 F(P)COGuwahati
Unknown to Wing Commander Parm Jit Singh4603 F(P)COGuwahati
Unknown to Wing Commander Kevin Martin5074 F(P)CO
Unknown to Wing Commander Dinesh Chandra Kaushik6353 F(P)CO
Unknown to Wing Commander Khushindhar Singh Bindra6863 F(P)CO
Unknown to Wing Commander Chandra Dutt Upadhyay11336 F(P)COGuwahati
01 Dec 90 to 01 Oct 92Wing Commander Arun Kumar Dharamdas Sonpar13398 F(P)COGuwahati
11 Aug 03 to Wing Commander Subramaniam Ravi Vridhachalem18101 F(P)COGuwahati

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