No.104 Helicopter Squadron Firebirds

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1992-08-25 Location : Suratgarh
104 Helicopter Sqn, AF, known as the "Firebirds" was raised as a Helicopter Flight at Palam on 10 March 1954 and became the first Units of the IAF to be equipped with rotary wing aircraft. it was upgraded to a Units on 01 May 1958 and a Squadron on 25 August 1992. The Units changed bases to Hindan in March 1965 and Saharanpur in May 1976. At this point the role of the Units was changed to ATGM (Anti- Tank Guided Missile) Units and all aircraft were modified to carry four AS11B wire command guided missiles. in April 1990 Units shifted to Bhatinda and was re-quipped with the Mi-35. It moved to its current location in may 1994. Since its inception the squadron has operated the Sikorsky S-55, S-62, Bell 47-G, Mi-4, Alouette-III (Chetak) and the Mi-25/35 attack helicopters.
Unit previously existed as 104 HU

Commanding Officers


25 Aug 92 - 31 Oct 93
Wing Commander
Pradeep Kumar Mulay
12935 F(P)
CO
Bhatinda

01 Nov 93 - 30 Mar 97
Wing Commander
Sudhir Hooda
14095 F(P)
CO
Bhatinda/ Suratgarh

31 Mar 97 - 04 May 97
Squadron Leader
Jacob James
16233 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

05 May 97 - 14 Feb 99
Wing Commander
Jacob James
16233 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

15 Feb 99 - 16 May 99
Squadron Leader
Yogendra Rajora
17327 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

17 May 99 - 17 Jun 01
Wing Commander
Arun Tillay Samtani
17002 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

18 Jun 01 - 26 Jun 03
Wing Commander
Sunil Kumar
17713 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

30 Jun 03 - 07 Mar 06
Wing Commander
Sandesh Prabhakar Wagle
17710 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

08 Mar 06 - 28 Mar 07
Group Captain
Atanu Guru
16794 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

29 Mar 07 - 28 Mar 08
Wing Commander
Sanjay Kumar Mittal
17472 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

29 Mar 08 - 28 Jun 09
Group Captain
Sunil Kumar
17713 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

29 Jun 09 - 29 Jul 10
Group Captain
Tejinder Singh Sareen
17138 F(P)
CO
Suratgarh

30 Jul 10 - 12 Sep 10
Group Captain
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Suratgarh

13 Sep 10 - 26 Aug 12
Wing Commander
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CO
Suratgarh

27 Aug 12 - 19 May 16
Group Captain
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Suratgarh

20 May 16 - 16 Jun 17
Group Captain
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Suratgarh

16 Jun 17 -
Group Captain
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Suratgarh

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