INS Rajali

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INS Rajali
ராஜாளி கடற்படை விமான தளம்
IAF Tu-142 and Il-38.jpg
Indian Navy Tu-142s are based at INS Rajali. An example is seen here with an IL-38SD at INS Hansa
Airport type Naval Air Station
Operator Indian Navy
Location Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL 265 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 13°04′16″N 079°41′28″E / 13.07111°N 79.69111°E / 13.07111; 79.69111Coordinates: 13°04′16″N 079°41′28″E / 13.07111°N 79.69111°E / 13.07111; 79.69111
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 13,460 4,103 Asphalt concrete

INS Rajali, also informally known as Arakkonam Naval Air Station, (IATA: N/AICAO: VOAR) is an Indian naval air station located near Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu in southern India. It operates under the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy,[1] and has the longest military runway in Asia.[2]


The airfield at Arakkonam was constructed in early 1942, for use by Allies of World War II. The first recorded air operations from the field took place when the No. 2 Squadron of the Royal Indian Air Force, flying Westland Lysander aircraft flew support missions for the British Indian Army between May and Sep 1942.

The airfield was abandoned at the end of the war, when the Indian Air Force moved its operations to Tambaram, 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Chennai, where its Flying Instructor's School and an An-32 transport squadron are based.

In March 1988, the Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft of Indian Naval Air Squadron 312 (INAS 312) were phased out and replaced with Tupolev Tu-142MK-E ("Bear F") aircraft, and the squadron was transitioned to anti-submarine warfare operations. The larger aircraft were hampered by the congestion at the squadron's home base of INS Hansa in Goa, which already based Sea Harrier, HJT-16 Kiran, Il-38, HAL Chetak and Ka-28 squadrons. The air field at Arakkonam was hence transferred to the Navy, rehabilitated and commissioned as INS Rajali on 11 March 1992.

INS Rajali now spans 2,320 acres (9.4 km2) and has the longest military runway in Asia.[3]


As of 2010, INS Rajali is home to the navy's INAS 312 squadron which operates eight Tu-142MK-E aircraft. The aircraft are equipped for maritime patrol, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. Indian Navy became the first international customer for the new P-8 Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft with the conclusion of the nearly US $ 2.1 billion contract on 01 Jan 2009 for a total of eight aircraft. The first aircraft arrived in India on the 15 May 2013 and as of November 2015; all eight a/c have been inducted into the Indian Navy and are fully integrated into its operations.

INS Rajali is also home to the navy's Helicopter Training School.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Eastern Naval Command Authorities & Units". Indian Navy. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Airport information for VOAR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ "Naval Air Stations". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2011-08-15.