No. 222 Squadron IAF

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No. 222 Squadron
No. 222 Squadron IAF Crest.jpg
Active 15 September 1969 - Present
Country India Republic of India
Branch  Indian Air Force
Role Close Air Support
Garrison/HQ Hasimara AFS
Nickname(s) "Tigersharks"
Motto(s) Vinahay Dushkrtam
Destroyer of Evil
Aircraft flown
Attack MiG-27ML[1]

No. 222 Squadron (Tigersharks) is a CAS unit based out of Hasimara AFS. Along with No. 222 Squadron Tiger Sharks, No. 22 Squadron forms a part of the 16 Wing of the IAF.[2]


1971 Indo-Pakistan War[edit]

A Su-7 used by the Tigersharks[3]

No. 222 Squadron was raised at Ambala on 15 September 1969, with Sukhoi Su-7 aircraft. In July 1971, the Squadron was moved to Halwara, and was soon engaged in combat with the PAF.

The squadron carried out counter-air strikes against Risalewala and Chander airfields with immense success, despite stiff opposition. It provided CAS to ground units in the Dra-Baba-Nanak, Husseinwala and Firozpur sectors. The squadron virtually paralysed the Pakistani armour thrust, due to numerous strikes against enemy gunning positions, armour, and troops, exposing weak flanks to the ground forces.

Short term interdiction missions were directed against rolling stock, rail tracks, marshalling yeards, bridges and enemy convoys. In this the Squadron achieved remarkable success. It conducted photo recon missions against enemy radar positions, deep inside enemy territory.

The Squadron was highly decorated for its role in the war, including one MVC, 3 VrCs, 3 VMs, and two Mentions in Despatches.

Post-War period[edit]

In May 1975, the squadron was shifted back to Ambala, and continued to operate there until 1981, when it shifted to Hindon on 14 May 1981. In December 1985, the Tigersharks became the first Indian squadron to be equipped with the MiG 27 Bahadur aircraft. The then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, visited the squadron and renamed it to its current name, Tigersharks. On 19 May 1989, they were moved to Hasimara where they are currently stationed.


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  2. ^ "No. 222 Squadron(Tigersharks)". www.indianairforce.nic. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Sukhoi-7 BMK (Fitter) Type S-22". Images - Retired Aircraft - Fighters and bombers. Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 21 July 2012.