Missile Squadrons and Flights

Introduction

The Indian Air Force missile squadrons were first raised in 1965, when the SA-2 was inducted in large numbers. The Missile units were raised as 'Squadrons', All the SA-2 units being numbered in two digit series that would fit in with the gaps in the IAF flying unit number sequence. With the induction of S-123M Pechora units, the IAF started the practice of numbering them with four digit numbers.

The 30 Pechora Squadrons are numbered sequentially from 2201 to 2231, with 2213 being skipped. There are eight OSA-AK Squadrons and an unknown number of Igla Flights. All the Missile units have a common motto - " Sangrame Jayate Shur " or "Only the Brave will win the wars". Each unit has an individual Crest/Patch and a nickname.

No Unit Type Nickname Location Motto
SA-2 Squadrons [Disbanded]
34 Squadron      
46 Squadron      
50 Squadron      
53 Squadron      
58 Squadron      
62 Squadron      
63 Squadron      
64 Squadron      
68 Squadron      
69 Squadron      
70 Squadron      
72 Squadron      
74 Squadron      
         
S-123M Pechora Squadrons [SA-3 Goa]
2201 Squadron Pioneers    
2202 Squadron      
2203 Squadron      
2204 Squadron      
2205 Squadron      
2206 Squadron   1976, later 2 GWTS  
2207 Squadron Thunderbolts    
2208 Squadron      
2209 Squadron Silver Streak     
2210 Squadron Killers    
2211 Squadron Golden Archers    
2212 Squadron      
2214 Squadron      
2215 Squadron      
2216 Squadron      
2217 Squadron Anhilators    
2218 Squadron Agni Varsha    
2219 Squadron   Thane  
2220 Squadron      
2221 Squadron      
2222 Squadron Nabhastra (Destroyers)    
2223 Squadron      
2224 Squadron Agni Baan    
2225 Squadron Amogh Baan    
2226 Squadron      
2227 Squadron Rudra Shakti    
2228 Squadron Sentinels    
2229 Squadron      
2230 Squadron Scarlet Dragons    
2231 Squadron Blazing Arrows    
         
Unidentified
2232 Squadron     Samharardha Avalokanaam
         
OSA-AK Squadrons
2251 Squadron Stingers    
2252 Squadron      
2253 Squadron      
2254 Squadron      
2255 Squadron      
2256 Squadron      
2257 Squadron      
2258 Squadron      
         
Igla 19K310 Flights
2301 Flight      
2302 Flight      
2303 Flight      
2304 Flight      
2305 Flight      
2306 Flight Samharaks    
2307 Flight      
2308 Flight      
2309 Flight      
2310 Flight      

 

Acknowledgements: Indian Air Force, Vishal Sharma, Ravi Rikhye, Mrityunjoy Mazumdar