South Western Air Command


Date Raised : 1980-07-23 Location : Jodhpur
Originally established as No 1 Operational Group at Jodhpur on 21 Sep 1972, it was subsequently rechristened as the South Western Air Command on 23 Jul 1980. The operational area, carved out of the Western Air Command, included most of Rajasthan and the entire Gujarat. In a major expansion in the mid eighties, the units located at Pune and Mumbai were transferred from Central Air Command. Goa area of Southern Air Command was also added to the jurisdiction of this Command. Thus, the entire south western area of the country came under the air defence umbrella of SWAC. Keeping in view the increasing operational importance of the command, it was decided by Air HQ to move the Command Headquarters from Jodhpur to Gandhinagar. The new HQ was inaugurated on 1 May 1998 .
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Commanding Officers


23 Jul 80 - 30 Jun 83
Air Marshal
Jagdish Raj Bhasin
3591 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Jul 83 - 31 Oct 84
Air Marshal
Chandra Kant Viswanath Gole
3652 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Nov 84 - 06 Jan 86
Air Marshal
Subramaniam Raghavendran
3840 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

08 Jan 86 - 28 Feb 87
Air Marshal
Prem Pal Singh
3871 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Mar 87 - 28 Jul 88
Air Marshal
Surendra Kumar Mehra
4197 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Aug 88 - 31 Mar 92
Air Marshal
Partha Kumar Dey
4404 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Apr 92 - 30 Sep 93
Air Marshal
Brijesh Dhar Jayal
4972 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

06 Oct 93 - 03 Jun 94
Air Marshal
Satish Kumar Sareen
5370 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

06 Jun 94 - 31 Jan 96
Air Marshal
Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa
5376 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Feb 96 - 30 Nov 97
Air Marshal
Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande
5694 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Jodhpur

01 Dec 97 - 31 Oct 99
Air Marshal
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
6338 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Johdpur/ Gandhinagar

01 Nov 99 - 31 Jul 01
Air Marshal
Vinod Kumar Bhatia
6497 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Aug 01 - 31 Jan 03
Air Marshal
Michael McMahon
7399 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Feb 03 - 14 Nov 03
Air Marshal
Shashindra Pal Tyagi
8130 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

17 Nov 03 - 30 Jun 04
Air Marshal
Adi Rustom Ghandhi
7722 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

12 Jul 04 - 28 Feb 06
Air Marshal
Satish Kumar Jain
9716 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Mar 06 - 30 Apr 07
Air Marshal
Pramod Kumar Mehra
11581 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 May 07 - 30 Sep 09
Air Marshal
Kanwar Dalinderjit Singh
12403 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Oct 09 - 31 Dec 10
Air Marshal
Paramjit Singh Bhangu
12932 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Jan 11 - 28 Feb 13
Air Marshal
Anjan Kumar Gogoi
13382 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Mar 13 - 31 Oct 14
Air Marshal
Daljit Singh
14553 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Nov 14 - 31 May 15
Air Marshal
Birender Singh Dhanoa
15405 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Jun 15 - 30 Sep 18
Air Marshal
Ravinder Kumar Dhir
15678 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Oct 18 - 30 Sep 19
Air Marshal
Harjit Singh Arora
16557 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

01 Oct 19 -
Air Marshal
Surendra Kumar Ghotia
16575 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Gandhinagar

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