35 Wing


Date Raised : 1980-02-18 Location : Suratgarh
The site selected for the airfield was an open area around the village of Karnisar. Work commenced in Aug 1973 with the clearing and levelling of the sand dunes. In the absence of any other local army Unitss, the personnel survived on a diet consisting of canal fish since the construction plans of airfield were a top secret matter. The Commanding Officer had to sleep every night guarding the papers, locked in a box that was chained to his wrist. Thus originated 11 Forward Base Support Units on 27 Oct 1975, which moved to its present location in Jan 1976. The base became operational on 02 May 1976 with 17 Squadron (MiG-21) and 20 Squadron (Hunters) moving in and was converted to 35 Wing on 18 Feb 1980 with the aim to enhance the operational flexibility on the Western Front. Since Oct 1975, the Wing has seen a steady induction of various aircrafts, SAMs, Radars signal and other operational Unitss.
Unit previously existed as 11 FBSU

Commanding Officers


27 Feb 89 - 11 Jun 90
Group Captain
Mohinder Singh Bhatia
8734 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

16 Jul 90 - 28 Dec 92
Group Captain
Brijendra Mohan Bali
8438 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

01 Jan 93 - 31 May 95
Group Captain
Ashok Dharam Chhibbar
12118 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

01 Jun 95 - 13 Nov 96
Group Captain
Rajesh Lal
11634 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

14 Nov 96 - 26 Jul 98
Group Captain
Gurcharan Singh Bhogal
12504 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

27 Jul 98 - 13 Jun 99
Group Captain
Venkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer
12939 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

21 Jun 99 - 01 May 01
Group Captain
Anjan Kumar Gogoi
13382 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

02 May 01 - 16 Oct 02
Group Captain
Atul Saikia
13585 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

16 Oct 02 - 09 May 04
Group Captain
Jasbir Singh Walia
15684 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

10 May 04 - 05 Jan 07
Group Captain
Perumpillabil Narayanan Radha Govind
15019 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

05 Jan 07 - 02 Nov 08
Group Captain
Neeraj Yadav
16399 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

03 Nov 08 - 24 Mar 10
Group Captain
Shiv Ratan Singh
18083 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

25 Mar 10 - 25 Apr 10
Group Captain
Diptendu Choudhury
17335 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

26 Apr 10 - 25 Aug 10
Air Commodore
Diptendu Choudhury
17335 F(P)
AOC
Suratgarh

26 Aug 10 - 29 Dec 11
Air Commodore
Gedela Raveendranath
16985 F(P)
AOC
Suratgarh

30 Dec 11 - 21 Jun 15
Air Commodore
Pradeep Waman Ambedkar
16600 F(P)
AOC
Suratgarh

22 Jun 15 - 30 Jul 17
Air Commodore
Biplab Banerjee
17869 F(P)
AOC
Suratgarh

31 Jul 17 -
Air Commodore
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AOC
Suratgarh

Unknown -
Air Commodore
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AOC
Suratgarh

Unknown -
Air Commodore
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AOC
Suratgarh

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