No.224 Squadron Warlords


Date Raised : 1983-06-04 Location : Jamnagar
No. 224 Squadron was raised on July 4, 1983 at AFS Adampur in Punjab with MiG-23 MF. The Squadron became operational with its primary role as Air Defence (AD) and the secondary role as Ground Attack (GA). The ‘Warlords’ moved from Adampur to nearby Halwara, also in Punjab in April ’96 and then to Jamnagar, in Western Gujrat in September ’97. The Squadron was actively involved in providing AD cover over the western sector since its inception till shifting location to Jamnagar, where it continued to do the same. In the latters years, the Squadron was assigned both AD and GA roles in addition to the peace time secondary role of Banner Target Towing (BTT).In their nearly two-and-a-half decades of operations, the ‘Warlords’ have participated in various operations that include ‘Op Meghdoot’ in the air defence of Siachen Glacier are from 1985-86. In a unique first, the Squadron has the rare distinction of having operated from Leh, the highest airfield in India, located at 11,000 feet above mean sea level (AMSL). The Squadron also has the unique distinction of being the first fighter aircraft to ever operate from Thoise airfield in Ladakh. These airfields owing to their high altitude, limit the performance of the aircraft, thereby reducing the margin for error considerably. The MiG-23 MF by virtue of its very powerful engine can operate under such marginal conditions with an experienced pilot on controls. And the first landing is most significant given the complete absence of any datum for reference. The Warlords were adjudged the ‘Best Over-all’ Fighter Squadron of the Western Air Command in 1985-86. In ‘Op Safed Sagar’, the Squadron operated a six-aircraft detachment in Western sector during Kargil Operations and undertook round-the-clock air defence of Saurashtra and Kutchh area. During ‘Op Parakram’, the Squadron operated from two locations in the Rajasthan Sector. The Squadron continued to remain deployed there even after cessation of ‘Op Parakram’ for air defence duties.The Squadron also participated in ‘Ex-Vayu Shakti’ or the ‘Fire Power Demonstration’ of the IAF held at Pokharan range in February ’99 and ’04 where they were tasked to carry out low level banner towing in formation apart from dropping the flare bomb to be used as a target for air-to-air missile firing. The last flight of the MiG-23 MF brought to an end temporarily on 31 March 2007, the 'Warlords' operations as it got number-plated with the MiG-23MF having flown 32,581 hours with the squadron. The squadron stood up on the Jaguar aircraft in 2008

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Jul 83 - 28 Nov 83
Wing Commander
Roy Andrew Massey
8428 F(P)
CO
Adampur

29 Feb 84 - 13 Apr 86
Wing Commander
Ajit Kumar Manohar Raje
9050 F(P)
CO
Adampur

14 Apr 84 - 27 Nov 88
Wing Commander
Dhanwant Singh Guram
10916 F(P)
CO
Adampur

28 Nov 88 - 09 Dec 90
Wing Commander
Vijay Kumar Tondon
11368 F(P)
CO
Adampur

10 Dec 90 - 10 Jan 93
Wing Commander
Davinder Singh Brar
12749 F(P)
CO
Adampur

11 Jan 93 - 20 Nov 94
Wing Commander
Punnoly Iruppattil Muralidharan
13579 F(P)
CO
Adampur

21 Nov 94 - 14 Jan 96
Wing Commander
Pradeep Kinra
13778 F(P)
CO
Adampur

15 Jan 96 - 02 Feb 97
Wing Commander
Rakesh Saxena
15190 F(P)
CO
Adampur/ Halwara

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Gurmeet Singh Randhawa
15555 F(P)
CO
Halwara

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Ganesh Chand
16214 F(P)
CO
Halwara/ Jamnagar

28 Jun 01 -
Wing Commander
Michael Fernandez
16967 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

09 Jun 03 -
Wing Commander
Radhakrishnan Radhish
17853 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

Unknown - 31 Mar 07
Wing Commander
Kirti Khajuria
19538 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

31 Mar 08 -
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Jamnagar

29 Mar 10 -
Wing Commander
Harsh Vardhan Thakur
22105 F(P)
CO
Jamnagar

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