Sulur Air Force Station

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Sulur Air Force Station
Airport type Military
Owner Government of India
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL 1,250 ft / 381 m
Coordinates 11°00′49″N 077°09′35″E / 11.01361°N 77.15972°E / 11.01361; 77.15972
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,516 8,255 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Sulur Air Force Station is an air base of the Indian Air Force located at Kangayampalayam near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is a former Royal Navy and Indian Navy base.


The base was established in 1940 by the Royal Navy of the then British Raj. The base was called HMS Vairi and hosted a Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy Air Yard (RNAY) known as RNAY Sulur, a repair base for aircraft operating in Southeast Asia during World War II. The base was burned down on 26 August 1942 during the 1942 August revolution. In 1943, the Indian Royal Air Force came to Sulur, which later transferred to Cochin in 1949. After gaining independence, the Indian Navy established INS Hansa at this place to operate Hawker Sea Hawks. After the liberation of Goa, INAS Hansa shifted to Goa's Dabolim airfield and Sulur was taken over by the air force. In 1955, the 5BRD (No 5, Base Repair Depot) of the Indian Air Force was planned and it started functioning in 1959. For some time this airbase was also used for civil aviation. Since 14 January 1984 this base has been a part of the Indian Air Force. The runway was also used for racing motorcycle and cars in 1960s.

In 2013-14 a new squadron of HAL Tejas will be stationed here as the first operational squadron once certification of the fighter aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is complete. Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft will be stationed at the base by 2016.[2]

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  1. ^ Airport information for VOSX from DAFIF
  2. ^ "Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft for Sulur IAF station by 2016". The Hindu. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 

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