3 Base Repair Depot


Date Raised : 1962-02-01 Location : Chandigarh
Overhaul requirement of transport and helicopter fleet of the IAF necessitated setting up of No. 3 Base Repair Depot at Chandigarh on 20 Aug 1962. Group Captain TMJ Kriplani, the Depot’s first Commanding Officer, set up the requisite facilities with Russian collaboration and commenced the first overhaul of the IL-14 transport aircraft and the Mi-4 helicopter. With induction of new helicopters in IAF, the Depot graduated to overhaul of Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. In fact, the Depot has today become the knowledge base for all Russian helicopters, and has undertaken number of tasks like life extension of Mi-25 helicopters, repair of Mi-26 helicopters and upgrade of Mi-35 helicopters.

Commanding Officers


01 Aug 62 - 01 Jun 66
Group Captain
Mangho Jeramdas Kripalani
2395 ELECT
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Jun 66 - 01 Apr 67
Group Captain
Satgur Saran Singh
2606 ELECT
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Apr 67 - 01 Aug 68
Group Captain
Sadashiv Wamanrao Desai
3501 AE(M)
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Aug 68 - 01 Sep 72
Group Captain
Jagdish Chandra Varma
3788 ENG
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Oct 72 - 01 Jun 75
Group Captain
Manakal Narayana Iyer Sundaresan
3785 AE(M)
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Jun 75 - 01 Aug 76
Group Captain
Jagjit Singh Sandhawalia
3810 AE(M)
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Aug 76 - 01 Aug 78
Group Captain
Gowrishankar Narayan Baindur
4064 AE(M)
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

01 Aug 78 - 01 Mar 81
Air Commodore
Prabhakar Gajanan Joshi
4063 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 May 81 - 01 Oct 83
Air Commodore
Lakkamsetti Ramakrishna
4266 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Oct 83 - 01 Nov 86
Air Commodore
Uttam Khushalani
4959 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Nov 86 - 01 Jan 89
Air Commodore
Charanjit Lal Mago
6309 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Jan 89 - 01 Dec 89
Air Commodore
Manjit Singh Mann
5838 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Jan 90 - 01 Jan 93
Air Commodore
Ghanshyam Gururani
6387 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Feb 93 - 01 Oct 94
Air Commodore
Naresh Chand Jain
7065 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Nov 94 - 01 Feb 97
Air Commodore
Avinash Pandurang Valavade
8500 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Mar 97 - 01 Jan 98
Air Commodore
Jaspal Singh Kalra
7999 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Jan 98 - 03 Jan 01
Air Commodore
Arvinda Agrawal
11502 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

04 Jan 01 - 01 Nov 01
Air Commodore
Ambrish Kumar
11547 AE(L)
AOC
Chandigarh

02 Nov 01 - 30 Sep 03
Air Commodore
Shakti Bhushan Prashar
12442 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Oct 03 - 30 Sep 05
Air Commodore
Sant Prakash Singh Virk
13491 AE(L)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Oct 05 - 30 Aug 07
Air Commodore
Ravi Kant Srivastava
13312 AE(L)
AOC
Chandigarh

31 Aug 07 - 16 Aug 09
Air Commodore
Subhash Chandra Luthra
15105 AE(L)
AOC
Chandigarh

17 Aug 09 - 25 Apr 11
Air Commodore
Ravinder Sharma
15646 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

25 Apr 11 - 01 May 11
Group Captain
Suresh Singh
16941 AE(L)
Stn Cdr
Chandigarh

02 May 11 - 06 May 13
Air Commodore
Suresh Singh
16941 AE(L)
AOC
Chandigarh

06 May 13 - 30 Nov 14
Air Commodore
Arun Kumar Barik
17122 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Dec 14 - 30 Jun 16
Air Commodore
Pramod Madhukar Puranik
17652 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

01 Jul 16 - 31 Dec 18
Air Commodore
Sanjeeva Sinha
17626 AE(M)
AOC
Chandigarh

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