No. 43 Squadron IAF

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No. 43 Squadron
No. 43 Squadron IAF Logo.jpg
Active20 January 1958–present
Garrison/HQAFS Jorhat
Motto(s)Nabhasa Jeevan Dhara
Life Line from the Sky
Aircraft flown

No. 43 Squadron is a unit of the Indian Air Force assigned to Maintenance Command. The squadron participates in operations involving air, land and airdrop of troops, equipment, supplies, and support or augment special operations forces, when appropriate.


No. 43 Squadron has flown missions in the ladakh Sector during the Sino- Indian conflict of 1962.

On 1 September 1965 the squadron was moved to Ambala from Srinagar, and thereafter to Sarsawa until 1967, after which the squadron was moved to Jorhat.[1] The Ibexes also took part in the 1971 Indo-Pak Conflict, in particular the Tangail Airdrop.

In September 1984 the squadron was equipped with An-32s. In July 1987 the Ibexes swung into action in support of IPKF in Sri Lanka providing logistical support.

In November 1988 the Ibexes took part in the 'Male Operations against mercenaries'.[2]


  • Constituted as No. 43 Squadron (Ibexes) on 20 January 1958[3]




  1. ^ Prasad, Arunesh. "Dakota in a Combat Zone". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 20 and No. 43 Squadrons IAF - Presentations of Standards by The President of India 10th March 1992". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Squadrons and Helicopter Units". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 23 November 2015.