No.125 Helicopter Squadron Gladiators

Motto : Balidaan Veerasya Bhushanam (Sacrifice is jewel of Brave)
Date Raised : 1983-12-31
125(H) Squadron was raised on 01 Nov 1983 at Pathankot with the Mi 25 attack Helicopters. In June 1990, Mi 35 helicopters were inducted into the Squadron and were subsequently upgraded with night fighting capabilities. In 2019, the squadron inducted the Apache AH-64E. Within four years of its inception, the squadron was deployed during “Op Brasstacks”. Subsequently, the gladiators played a very active role in Sri Lanka during “Op Pawan”. As a part of the Indian peace keeping force, the squadron proved its worth as an offensive arm delivering decisive firepower on numerous occasions. During Kargil conflict, the Squadron undertook missions for airfield sanitization against ANEs. The squadron also has the proud privilege of being deployed overseas twice as a part of UN Peace Keeping Missions in Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo. OP Khukri, Sake Crisis, capture of Ndrele, crisis at Marabo & Aru and defense of Goma are the occasions which stands testimony to this fact. In June 2015, the Gladiators traversed across the country to North East for “OP Vajra”. In January 2016, the Squadron played a stellar role in confining the terrorists to a restricted area during the terror attack on Air Force Station Pathankot. The Squadron was awarded with citation by the Chief of Air Staff on 08 Oct 2012. The Squadron was also conferred with the President’s Standards on 03 Mar 2017 at Air Force Station Tambaram.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
31 Dec 83 to 13 Apr 86Wing Commander Ravindra Vikram Singh9524 F(P)COPathankot
14 Apr 86 to 27 Nov 87Wing Commander Suresh Chandra Malhan11579 F(P)COPathankot
28 Nov 87 to 25 Jun 89Wing Commander Vikram Singh Ranawat12390 F(P)COPathankot
27 Jun 89 to 31 May 92Wing Commander Pramod Yarday11608 F(P)COPathankot
29 Jun 92 to 06 Jun 94Wing Commander Johnson Anthony Veliath13794 F(P)COPathankot
06 Jun 94 to 18 Aug 94Wing Commander Rajbir Singh14287 F(P)COPathankot
07 Sep 94 to 26 Sep 96Wing Commander Ravi Dhar14559 F(P)COPathankot
27 Sep 96 to 27 Jan 98Wing Commander Eddya Raman15882 F(P)COPathankot
16 Jun 98 to 11 Jun 00Wing Commander Bimal Varan Baduni16397 F(P)COPathankot
12 Jun 00 to 04 Aug 02Wing Commander Tejinder Singh Sareen17138 F(P)COPathankot
05 Aug 02 to 08 Aug 04Wing Commander Mohan Chander Misra17715 F(P)COPathankot
08 May 06 to 21 Oct 08Wing Commander Deep Raj Sirohi19517 F(P)COPathankot
15 Nov 10 to 23 Jun 13Wing Commander Abhijit Singh Ahluwalia22166 F(P)COPathankot
24 Jun 13 to 15 May 15Group Captain Jasdeep Singh Sandhu20463 F(P)COPathankot

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