Indian Air Force Signal Unit Database

Location : New Delhi
Air Force Communication Centre (AFCC) was established way back in 1945 with the name, Royal Air Force Signal Centre. On August 15, 1947, as India became independent, it continued to function with the name Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) Signal Centre to provide voice and data communication to Air HQ at Vayu Bhawan and RK Puram. As India became republic on January 26, 1950 the name of this centre changed as IAF Signal Centre. Later, it was commonly known as Air Force Signal Centre (AFSC) till March 2000. Keeping in view the changed role, it was renamed as Air Force Communication Centre. Toady, AFCC operates from six different locations namely Sena Bhawan, Vayu Bhawan, RK Puram, Ridge, 412 Air Force Station and Transmitting Station, Gurgaon. As per the policy, this centre is responsible for signals and telecommunication fac.... Read More
Location : Basant Nagar
415 AF Station is a combination of the erstwhile three Air Defence Ground Environment System units viz. 810 Signal Unit, 705 Signal Unit and 730 Signal Unit. The roles of the three units were combined and over the years, evolved to its present state. The role and thereby the command and control structure of the units at Air Force Station Basant Nagar underwent many changes through the years. All units were merged in 1999 and the station renamed Master Control Centre Air Force Station Basant Nagar. In Oct 04, the Station was redesignated as 415 Air Force Station. The station forms the controlling centre for the entire Air Defence Ground Environment System terrestrial communication network. The station initially commanded by an AOC is now under command of a Group Captain and function control of ACAS Sigs (Air) at AirHQ..... Read More
Date Raised : 2007-03-01 Location : Barnala
Part of the Barnala based 501 SU..... Read More
Date Raised : 2008-11-01 Location : Mothara
Location : Gandhinagar
Location : Madh Island
The history of Air Force Station Madh Island goes back to Pre-World War—II era. A beautiful fort built by Portuguese and later acceded to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a part of the Air Force Station. The fort was used as a detachment of NO2 Ordnance Depot, Karachi and an Italian POW camp during World War—II. In 1954, 27 SU, AF was commissioned at AF Stn Madh Island which was equipped with composite MARCONI T-13/T-14/T-15 Radar, designated as Sector Operation Centre (SOC) of 'Bombay Sector'. In 1966, 27 SU, AF was disbanded and 252 SU, AF came into existence as ADDC of Bombay sector..... Read More
47 Signal Unit
Skycatchers
Date Raised : 1977-01-24 Location : Vadsar
The Skycatchers operate the THD1955 Radar and are located at Vadsar. They were originally raised in 1977. The role of the unit is to function as an ADDC for Gujarat sector under HQ SWAC. .... Read More
Date Raised : 1989-06-19 Location : Chimney Hills ( Bengaluru)
In the early 80s the idea of installing a THD-1955 Radar at Chimney Hills, Bangalore germinated in the minds of Air Force authorities, when the need for imparting OJT to trainee officers and airmen of ADGES TI, AF was felt. The task of installing the radar at Chimney Hills was entrusted to RCPO which in turn, formed No. 2 RSIU at Bangalore in 1985. On completion of the project, the Radar was handed over to ADGES TI, AF, and placed under the Administration and functional control of HQ TC, IAF. In Dec 1988, the radar unit was de-linked from ADGES TI, AF and placed directly under the functional control of HQ, TC IAF with the Administration service being provided by AF Station Jalahalli. This unit, which had only a training role up to Jun 90, was converted into a training-cum-operational unit and was placed under the functi.... Read More
Location : Salua
Salua is a small village about 10 kms South West of Kharagpur and this area was covered with thick Sal forests. The British constructed a Military Air Base in 1941 to support their Burma during World War Il. American and British aeroplanes operated from the base during and after 1942. G/C Vinod Shankar was 9th Co.... Read More
Date Raised : 1989-08-16 Location : Samana (Jamnagar)
Operating the THD1955 radr, 77SU was established as a GCI and ADDC Unit for Kutch - saurastra sector at Samana in October 1989.... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
Location : Bhuj
Date Raised : 1964-04-04 Location : Amritsar Cantt
Originally formed at Chandigarh in March 1964, it was the first radar unit on the P-30(M) Russian radar. It moved to Amritsar soon after and was in the thick of action in the 1965 and 1971 operations as the GCI to 501 SU. A full ADDC role was assigned to it on 01 Oct 1973. The Unit changed over to the PSM-33 in Sept 1984 and the unit was renamed as 361 SU. On 21 Feb 1994 the TRS-2215 radar was installed and the unit name 230 SU revived. 230 SU stn cdr also had 257 SU, an Igla unit and Tropo unit under its command.... Read More
240 Signal Unit
Western Pioneers
Location : Tanjavur
The history of Air Force Station Madh Island goes back to Pre-World War—II era. A beautiful fort built by Portuguese and later acceded to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a part of the Air Force Station. The fort was used as a detachment of NO2 Ordnance Depot, Karachi and an Italian POW camp during World War—II. In 1954, 27 SU, AF was commissioned at AF Stn Madh Island which was equipped with composite MARCONI T-13/T-14/T-15 Radar, designated as Sector Operation Centre (SOC) of 'Bombay Sector'. In 1966, 27 SU, AF was disbanded and 252 SU, AF came into existence as ADDC of Bombay sector. The existing MARCONI Radar was replaced with Russian P-30 (M) radar. Subsequently on 14 Apr 87, P-40 Radar was also inducted in 252SU, AF. On 24 Sep 91, the old P- 30(M) Radar was handed over to 250 SU, and 252 SU, AF continued as ADDC.... Read More
Date Raised : 1966-10-01
Inducted at Jodhpur, moved to Naliya in June 1988. Acquired the current Radar in 2011.... Read More
Location : Yelahanka
Date Raised : 1966-10-15 Location : Jammu
256 Signals Unit, Air Force was formed at Ambala on 15 Oct 1966 with P-30(M) radar. The unit was raised with an overall plan to upgrade Air Defence System. The initial task of the unit was to train Technical Officers and airmen on the P-30 (M) radar system. .... Read More
Date Raised : 1967-04-04 Location : Gandhinagar
Nicknamed the "Sky Guards", A mobile radar unit currently operating the P-4(MI) Radar stationed in SWAC. The SU was raised on 4 April 1967 on the P-30M radar at Gorakhpur as GCI for 505 SU. The unit has moved many places - Rampurhat, Bareilly, Bihta, Ahmedabad, Baroda and came to Gandhinagar in Dec 1974. Subsequently moved to 1981 to Baroda, Khambhaliya, Naliya and Trivandrum before coming back to Gandhinagar in 1987.... Read More
260 Signal Unit
Stratobats
263 Signal Unit
Desert Eagles
Date Raised : 1988-05-01 Location : Bikaner
265 Signal Unit
Desert Scanners
Location : Tezpur
272 Signal Unit
Marine Scanners
Location : Madh Island
The history of Air Force Station Madh Island goes back to Pre-World War—II era. A beautiful fort built by Portuguese and later acceded to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a part of the Air Force Station. The fort was used as a detachment of NO2 Ordnance Depot, Karachi and an Italian POW camp during World War—II. In 1954, 27 SU, AF was commissioned at AF Stn Madh Island which was equipped with composite MARCONI T-13/T-14/T-15 Radar, designated as Sector Operation Centre (SOC) of 'Bombay Sector'. In 1966, 27 SU, AF was disbanded and 252 SU, AF came into existence as ADDC of Bombay sector. The existing MARCONI Radar was replaced with Russian P-30 (M) radar. Subsequently on 14 Apr 87, P-40 Radar was also inducted in 252SU, AF. On 24 Sep 91, the old P- 30(M) Radar was handed over to 250 SU, and 252 SU, AF continued as ADDC.... Read More
Location : Bhuttabari
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
In order to augment low level warning, twelve type 3101 sqns (if I remember correctly) were purchased from USSR after 1971 war. (MOFs were not effective during night/bad weather). Each sqn consisted of two radars ie P-12 and P-15. P-12 radar was medium looking while P-15 was low looking. The sqns were primarily meant as early warning with very limited control facilities. The sqn had two Fighter controllers including the OC and one AE(L) officer. Later on, P-12 and P-15 radars were replaced with newer versions of P-18 and P-19 radars. Some of these were also used at BADC`s as local airfield surveillance radars. .... Read More
304 Transportable Radar Unit
Ran Drishti (Guide to Kill)
Location : Adampur
Location : Srinagar
Location : Jamnagar
Date Raised : 1991-07-15 Location : Maharajpur
310 TRU was formed at 40 Wing. .... Read More
Location : Srinagar
Location : Lohegaon
Location : Jodhpur
Location : Tezpur
Location : Ambala
Location : Barrackpore
Date Raised : 2008-12-21
aka AFS Mukkunimala, located at 860 feet altitude outside Thirvanthapuram. Originally an Indra II of 257 SU was installed in 2007. It was re-raised as 340 TRU..... Read More
Date Raised : 1986-04-01
Formed as a PSM33 Unit, providing GCI to 250 SU. Laer renumbered as 250 SU in Nov 1991.... Read More
Location : Jodhpur
Date Raised : 1964-10-25 Location : Barnala
Raised on 5 Oct 1964 at 9 Wing, AF, the unit shifted to Barnala in May 1965 operating the Star Sapphire radar. Converted to the THD radar in Jan 1981. The unit underwent renaming to 42 Signal Unit in Sept 1982, and became to be known as MADBEES - for Master of Air Defence - Barnala. The unit reverted back to 501 SU in Sept 1991..... Read More
Date Raised : 1964-11-16 Location : Memaura (Lucknow)
505 SU was formed with the Star Sapphire radar in 1964. The unit acquired the THD-1955 and was redesignated as 65 SU on 21 Jan 1988 but reverted to 505 SU on 1 Sep 91.... Read More
507 Signal Unit
Santhal Chakshu
509 Signal Unit
Peak Hawks
511 Signal Unit
Ridge Knights
Date Raised : 1965-05-07 Location : Dinjan
The Dinjan airfiled was constructed during 1942 and had singificant involvement during the WWII effort of the allied effort. Otters from 59 Sqn operated from Dinhan during 1960-67 period and were involved in airlift efforts in the 1962 war. Subsequently, the Sapphire Radar was setup at the station. The THD-1955 was installed and became operational at the base in 1993.... Read More
Location : Ambala
Location : Halwara
Location : Ambala
Location : Hindon
Location : Basant Nagar
706 Signal Unit
Communicators
Date Raised : 1989-07-17 Location : Maharajpur
The unit has been operational since Sep 1991 and is tasked with connecting the base with ADGES network.... Read More
Location : AirHQ
Location : Chandigarh
Location : Agra
Location : Srinagar
Location : Basant Nagar
Location : Dalhousie
The Air Force Station HQ and SCC are located on top of Motitibba hill in the heart of Dalhousie town at the height of 7300 feet. Dainkund, where the Relay Station is located, is on top of an isolated hill at the height of 9300 feet and at a distance of 16 kms from Mobitibba. Both the sites were surveyed and acquired by RCPO for Air Force during 1971-72. Construction , a challenging task, commenced during 1973. It also included construction of 6km road between Lakarmandi and Dainkund and improvement of of the 10 km stretch between GPO and Lakarmandi..... Read More
Date Raised : 1977-04-01 Location : Mandore
After the cessation of hostilities in 1971, need for a better communication system was felt and thus the path to formation of plan ADGES system came into existence in IAF. 750 SU was conceptualized in the Stage-I1 of Plan ADGES as a "Hub Centre for Rajasthan Sector" in the A DGES Tropo Network. The unit was initially formed as a 'Lodger Unit' of 32 Wing, AF in Apr 77. Its installation work at the present location as a Hub with multiple links was undertaken by the Radar & Communication Projects Office (RCPO) in Feb 79. The unit was declared self accounting Unit in Jun 95. 750 SU is a hub centre for Rajasthan sector in the communication network. It connects various surveillance elements located in the Rajasthan region, and the adjacent Sub-Control Centres to HQ SWAC and Air HQ. As a Sub-Control Centre, it exercises functi.... Read More
Location : Awantipur
Location : Kalina (Mumbai)
Location : Lohegaon
Location : Jamnagar
Date Raised : 1989-05-18 Location : Madh Island
Houses LOS and SATCOM communication facilities for 272 SU.... Read More
Location : Barrackpore
Date Raised : 1990-03-01 Location : Lonavala
The long and arduous process of selecting a suitable site for establishing a communication link in Maharashtra region started in later half of I982. A hillock situated in the Sahyadri hills located close to INS Shivaji was selected. This station was established in Mar 90. Air Force Station Lonavala is an independent, self-administered and self-accounting unit which provides the crucial communication link in the south of Baroda to the Maharashtra region..... Read More
Location : Bhuj
Date Raised : 1989-06-02 Location : Missamari
Date Raised : 1981-05-04 Location : Bhowali (Nainital)
Location : Shillong
Date Raised : 1990-02-06 Location : Borgad (Nashik)
The formation and establishment of 793 SU was sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence on 26 Jan 89. The mammoth task of installation of equipment’s was done by 65 CSIU and the road construction was undertaken by Border Road Organisation at an elevation of3100 feet from sea level. The unit was declared fully operational on 01 Jan 92. The unit is divided into two pockets, the technical and admin areas, separated by 22 km. The role of the station is to act as relay centre for providing communication facilities to and from the peripheral units and link these to the Command Headquarters. It, therefore, lives up to its motto the "LINKERS"..... Read More
Location : Barrackpore
Location : Kurseong
Kurseong means 'the place of white orchids'. It is situated at an altitude of 1,460 metres above mean sea level, 51 km from Siliguri. Air Force Station Kurseong has been operational since July 1989. The Station is located at an altitude of 7,500 feet. The unit is spread over 73 acres of hilly terrain located on an open hill top. .... Read More
Date Raised : 1976-06-01 Location : Basant Nagar
Location : Mount Abu
Located at Mount Abu in Rajasthan, this SU was originally formed in June 1976. A Digital Mobile Radio Relay Unit..... Read More
Location : Bamrauli (Allahabad)
Date Raised : 1990-08-20 Location : Missamari
Air Force Station Missamari is located about 100 kilometers away from Rangiya Junction, The runway that was constructed in 1945 by the British at the end of Second World War was used for Air Observation Post Flights during Chinese aggression in 1962. In February 1970, one Signal Unit was moved to Missamari as a lodger unit to Air Force Station, Tezpur and became operational in October 1970. However, in 1972 this unit was moved out and subsequently an AOP Flight equipped with Chetak/Cheetah Helicopter started functioning under the administrative control of Air Force Station, Tezpur. In 1989, this Station along with some units were formed under the functional and admin control of HQ EAC. With the Tropo equipment of erstwhile CSIU, it started functioning as a hub centre of Tropo communication. .... Read More
Date Raised : 1989-06-17 Location : Kanheri Hills (Thane)
Location : Barwala (Chandigarh)
Location : Bhuj
Location : SWAC
Location : Agra
901 Signal Unit
Nothern Radar
Location : Natha Top
This SU traces its roots to the Route Surveillance Radar installed at Natha Top in J&K in March 1970. Originally operating the ATCR 2D, it was replaced by the ATCR-22 in 1981, followed by a Master T Radar in 24. In 1995 the place was renamed as Nathatop, after the name of Wg Cdr Natha Singh who led the survey aprty in 1966 to help setup the base.... Read More
954 Squadron
Tracking Rangers
Location : Bidar
Location : Jodhpur
Location : Srinagar
Location : Halwara
Location : Adampur
Location : Chandigarh
Location : Bikaner
Location : Maharajpur
Location : Lohegaon
Location : Jodhpur

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