Indian Air Force Command Database

Date Raised : 1947-11-19 Disbanded : 1980-07-22 Location : Jodhpur
The No.1 Op Group (also referred to as Opl and Operational) nomenclature was used between 1947 to 1980 on four occasions for three different commands. At the time of independence, there was the No 1 Operational Group which controlled all the flying units including the flying training units. On 22nd July 1949 the No 1 Operational Group was redesignated as the Operational Command which later on became Western Air Command (WAC). The reorganisation of IAF led to the formation of No 1 Operational Group again at Calcutta on 27 May 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The No 1 Operational Group was upgraded to Eastern Air Command on 1 Dec 1959 at Calcutta. In the wake of the Chinese threat No 1 Operational Group was re-established at Tezpur .... Read More
Date Raised : 1947-10-03 Disbanded : 1949-07-21 Location : Bengaluru
Training Command was formed on 22 Jul 1949 with an aim to impart training through training institutes. Training Command traces out its lineage from the No.2 Training Group which was set up immediately after Independence. Training Group was redesignated as Training Command in 1949. On 15 Aug 1947, the Air Force Training Establishments located in India were: (a) Initial Training Wing, Coimbatore formed on 11 Jul 46. (b) Elementary Flying Training School, Jodhpur formed on Jul 42. (c) Advanced Flying Training School, Ambala formed on Jul 41. (d) No.1 Ground Training School, Jalahalli formed on Jul 47. (e) No.2 Ground Training School, Tamabaram formed on Feb 47 No.2 (Indian) Group RAF located at Bangalore.... Read More
Date Raised : 2001-10-01 Location : Port Blair
The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the first integrated theatre command in India with headquarters at Port Blair and setup in October 2001. It is commanded by a three-star officer (rank of Lieutenant General of the Indian Army or equivalent) who reports directly to the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee in New Delhi. The Chief of Staff of the command is a two-star officer; each component (sea, land, air) is commanded by a one-star officer..... Read More
Date Raised : 2003-01-04 Location : Delhi
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) sometimes called Strategic Nuclear Command, forms part of India's Nuclear Command Authority (NCA). It is responsible for the management and administration of the country's tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile. It was created on January 4, 2003.... Read More
Date Raised : 2001-10-01 Location : New Delhi
To ensure a high degree of synergy between the Armed forces, the Government has set up the Integrated Defence Staff, headed by the Chief of Integrated Staff as the Chairman. It was created on 1 October 2001 based on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers which was set up in 2000 (post-Kargil) to review India's defence management It acts as the point organisation for integration of policy, doctrine, war fighting and procurement by employing best management practices..... Read More
Location : Allahabad
Location : Shillong
Location : Nagpur
Location : Trivandrum
Location : Gandhinagar
Location : Bangalore
Location : New Delhi
Date Raised : 1959-07-15 Disbanded : 1972-07-31 Location : Simla
The concept of an organised coordinating agency for planning and executing joint Army/Air Operations appeared soon after birth of the IAF. The need for such an organisation was realised immediately after the J&K 1947-48 operation in which the IAF was called upon to assist formations of Indian Army involved in the operations. Earlier this task was performed by suitable units of RAF in India. The first joint Army/Air coordination cell of post independent India, called No. 1 Air Task Force, was thus formed to work in conjunction with No. 11 Corps of the Indian Army. The results obtained through such organised co- operation were so successful that it was decided to form similar joint co-ordination cells. In order to give shape to this decision, a detachment of No. 1 Tactical (Air Support) Group was moved to Shimla in Jan.... Read More
Date Raised : 1972-08-01 Location : Chandimandir
The concept of an organised coordinating agency for planning and executing joint Army/Air Operations appeared soon after birth of the IAF. The need for such an organisation was realised immediately after the J&K 1947-48 operation in which the IAF was called upon to assist formations of Indian Army involved in the operations. Earlier this task was performed by suitable units of RAF in India. The first joint Army/Air coordination cell of post independent India, called No. 1 Air Task Force, was thus formed to work in conjunction with No. 11 Corps of the Indian Army. The results obtained through such organised co- operation were so successful that it was decided to form similar joint co-ordination cells. In order to give shape to this decision, a detachment of No. 1 Tactical (Air Support) Group was moved to Shimla in Jan.... Read More
Date Raised : 1971-07-07 Location : Lucknow
Adv HQ CAC was formed on 7 July 1971 by upgrading the existing AFLC which had been functioning since 23 July 1963. In June 1991, the establishment was downgraded to AFLC and remained so till it was upgraded again on 22 Aug 2012. However between Dec 2003 and May 2009, no CO was posted to the unit. The role of the setup is to laison with the Central Command of Indian Army..... Read More
Date Raised : 1971-07-07 Location : Calcutta
When EAC was redesignated as CAC and moved from Fort William to Allahabad, an Air Force Liason Cell (AFLC) was left behind at Fort William, co-located with the Army. In July 1971, this cell was redesignated as Advance HQ, Eastern Air Command. It played an important role in the 1971 war. Till 1986 it had 2 TAC's under its command. On raising of 3 Corps in 1986, another TAC at Dimapur was setup. A Signal Unit was formed on 15 April 1987 to provide operational communciation support to Adv HQ.... Read More
Date Raised : 1991-06-01 Location : Pune
Adv HQ, SWAC is the joint ops organization of the Air Force collocated with the Army at HQ Southern Command, Pune. Up to May 91, HQ Southern Command had only a small element of the IAF, in the form of an AFLC, with a Gp Capt at its helm. The reorganization of the two Army commands, led to AFLC at SOUTHCOM being moved to Lucknow with CENTCOM and in its place, Adv HQ of CAC being moved to SOUTHCOM, to form Adv HQ SWAC on 01 Jun 1991. Home to 2 and 12 TACs..... Read More
Date Raised : 1962-06-12 Location : Udhampur
HQ AOC J&K was formed at Srinagar on 12 June 1962 but moved to its current location in Udhampur on 13 Jan 64. AOC Srinagar (later J&K) had a small organisation called Air Movement Control Centre (AMCC) headed by a Wg Cdr. There was a 1000 pounder tent, one Flt Lt and several airmen. Aircraft reported position via HF R/T or W/T. AMCC controlled air movements in J&K. This included the AN-12 flights from Chandigarh and the USAF C-130s from Palam. AOC Srinagar and AMCC used to move to Jammu in winter. Landings were regularly made at Leh, Chushul, Fukche and Thoise. DBO was opened up in August 1962. A trial landing was made at Nyoma Rap. Udhampur was used when required. Poonch and Rajouri were used occasionally by prior arrangement with the Army. Only Leh had the rudimentary ATC mentioned earlier. Apart from looking aft.... Read More
Date Raised : 2009-12-02 Location : Raipur
Anti Naxal Task Force (ANTF) with its HQ has been created under the command of CAC to understake helicopter operations to support CAPF in Anti Naxal Operations. The area of responsbility covers states of Chattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The oeprations are supported out of three detatchments at Raipur, Jagdalpur and Ranchi. Raipur and Jaldalpur are supported by 159 JU whereas Ranchi is supported by 105 HU.... Read More
Location : Barrackpore
Date Raised : 1966-10-15 Location : Delhi
ADCC is a premier Air Defence Unit of HQ WAC which came into being on 26 Dec 62 at Ambala as No 1 Air Defence Area with Air Cmde JC Verma DFC, being its founder commander. During its infancy, the ADA had five sector operation centres employing one type 21, one type 15 and three ANTPSIE radars. Subsequent to the Chinese debacle, the air defence of the country was given a big boost with the help of US aid in the form of Star Sapphire radars. Consequently No 1 ADA was redesignated on 15 Oct 66 as No 1 Air Defence Control Centre. The unit was made responsible for the air defence of the entire area of responsibility of WAC. Over the years, ADCC moved from Ambala to Delhi to be co-located with HQ, WAC. The position of AOC, ADCC is also known as AD Cdr.... Read More
Location : Gandhinagar
Location : Shillong
Date Raised : 1962-12-26 Disbanded : 1966-10-15 Location : Ambala

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