34 Wing


Date Raised : 1980-04-30 Location : Bhaisana (Bhatinda)
Air Force Station Bathinda, as it was known then, began its life as 10 FBSU in 1975 as a lodger unit of 12 Wing AF. As early as 1975, trials by fighter aircraft of 108 Squadron were carried out to ascertain the fitness of the airfield for operations. But it took another four years for this transitory base, with a single watch ATC and first line servicing facilities to become a permanent base for fighter operations. Having undergone trials by units from the Air Force and Army, AF Station Bhisiana established itself to be capable of undertaking all AF Tasks. The station grew in strategic importance and was elevated to status Wing on 18 Feb 80.
Unit previously existed as 10 FBSU

Commanding Officers


30 Apr 80 - 12 Jul 81
Group Captain
Bir Inder Singh
5040 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

18 Jul 81 - 09 May 82
Group Captain
Pratap Rao
5188 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

10 May 82 - 07 Oct 84
Group Captain
Lawrence Aloysious Menezes
5280 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

08 Oct 84 - 08 Dec 86
Group Captain
Suresh Shankarrao Dange
6762 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

09 Dec 86 - 27 Jan 89
Group Captain
Vasudevan Vatsalan Nair
7693 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

28 Jan 89 - 19 Apr 92
Group Captain
Manpreet Singh Brar
8715 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

20 Apr 92 - 26 Dec 94
Group Captain
Dilip Kamalakar Dighe
9745 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

27 Dec 94 - 25 Apr 96
Group Captain
Vinod Kumar Verma
11638 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

26 Apr 96 - 14 Mar 99
Group Captain
Krishnamurthi Rajaram
12933 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

15 Mar 99 - 03 Sep 00
Group Captain
Rakesh Kacker
12951 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

04 Sep 00 - 31 Jan 02
Group Captain
Amul Kapoor
13378 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

01 Feb 02 - 19 Oct 03
Group Captain
Arup Raha
13910 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

20 Oct 03 - 22 Jun 05
Group Captain
Subramanyam Sukumar
14672 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

23 Jun 05 - 31 May 07
Group Captain
Ravinder Kumar Dhir
15678 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

01 Jun 07 - 06 Jul 09
Group Captain
Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande
16559 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

06 Jul 09 - 06 Jun 11
Group Captain
Balkrishnan Balachandran
18561 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

06 Aug 11 - 04 Jan 13
Air Commodore
Vishwas Gaur
17361 F(P)
AOC
Bhaisana (Bhatinda)

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