The Indian Air Force is one of the most formidable air forces in the world. Ever since its inception in 1933, the Indian Air Force has proved its mettle in various wartime and peacetime missions. With special focus on developing indigenous capabilities, India is further trying to turn the IAF into a modern, agile and powerful force in the world.
He was awarded posthumously for his act of conspicuous gallantry in the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
But was instrumental in transport of troops of Indian Army and air support.
But IAF Gnats piloted by brave officers cut down Pakistani Sabres with such ferocity that the Gants came to known as ‘Sabre Slayers’.
When completed, it will be the most lethal fighter jet in the world alongside the US F-22. It is expected to start flying around 2015.
As per latest available data, the force has a 1,473 strong aircraft fleet, including trainers, transport aircraft and helicopters.
She was the Director General Medical Services (Air) at the Air Headquarters.
Before independence of India, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army exercised control over the Air Force too. Air Marshal Elmhirst was also instrumental in turning an incomplete air force into a cohesive fighting machine.
Arjan Singh is the only officer to have attained this rank.
It currently operates 33 squadrons.
These are grouped into 7 commands.
IAF has a base in Farkhor, Tajikistan. Its only base outside India.
Anup Kumar Chaturvedi
The Ashok Chakra was the roundel from 1947-50.
King George VI conferred the prefix “Royal” in 1945. In 1950, when India became a republic, the prefix was dropped.
The IAF activated No. 5 Squadron to support the United Nations Operation in the Congo.
By the time Pakistani forces surrendered, the IAF claimed that 94 PAF aircraft, including 54 F-86 Sabres had been shot down.
The feat was accomplished on August 20, 2013.
The IAF currently operates 139 Jaguars and over 100 MiG-27s.
It was designed by the famed German aerospace engineer Kurt Tank and operated from 1961 to 1985.
It is faster and more agile than most other contemporary Combat Helicopters.
1st Lt. George Tobiasi
Indian Air Force
The rescue operation was launched by the IAF to evacuate civilians affected by the 2013 North India floods. The IAF airlifted a total of 19,600 people – flying a total of 2,140 sorties and dropping/landing a total of 3,82,400 kg of relief material and equipment.