Central Air Command

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Central Air Command, Indian Air Force
मध्य वायु कमान, भारतीय वायु सेना
CAC Crest.jpg
Emblem of the Central Air Command
Founded March 19, 1962
Country India
Branch Indian Air Force
Type Operational Air Command
Role Air Defence, OCA, Offensive Ground Support, Airlift.
Headquarters Allahabad
Motto Sanskrit: Nigrahya Rasava shastrava
Engagements 1962 Sino-Indian War, East Pakistan Operations 1971, Operation Meghdoot, Orissa Super-Cyclone Relief, 1999
Commanders
Current
commander
Air Marshal J Chauhan AVSM VM

The Central Air Command is one of the five operational commands of the Indian Air Force. Currently headquartered in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, it had its beginning as No. 1 Operational Group IAF on 27 May 1958 at Ranikutir in Calcutta as a part of the Government of India's increasing emphasis on defence of the eastern borders. Reorganisation of this Operational Group was created this command on 19 March 1962 with headquarters at Rani Kuthee, Calcutta (now Kolkata). Calcutta was considered inappropriate location for the Central Air Command Headquarters and it was relocated at Allahabad in February 1966.

Among its operations has been the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and the East Pakistan Operations 1971.

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