Sirsa Air Force Station
Sirsa Air Force Station
Sirsa Vayu Sena Chhawni
सिरसा वायु सेना छावनी
|Owner||Indian Air Force|
|Operator||Western Air Command|
|Occupants||No. 21 Squadron IAF |
No. 15 Squadron IAF
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Elevation AMSL||198 m / 650 ft|
Sirsa Air Force Station or Sirsa AFS (ICAO airport code VISA) is a Forward Support Base Unit (FSBU) of Indian Air Force's (IAF) Western Air Command (WAC), located at Sirsa in the state of Haryana, India.
1971 Indo-Pak war
In Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Pakistan Air Force launched preemptive raid on 12 airforce stations, including Sirsa station, Faridlot Stations, Halwara Air Force Station, few railway stations, Indian armour concetrations and other targets but failed to cause any significant damage except the pothole damage to the runway which was quickly repaired. Dassault Mystère jets pounded the Pakistan Army pitched against the Indian Army in the Battle of Sabuna Drain, Dassault Mystère also hit a train and destroyed 50 tanks on it between Okara and Sahiwal. On 5 December 1971, Dassault Mystère jets from the Sirsa station hit fuel dump at Changa Manga. On 7 Dec 1971, more trains carrying fuel and tanks were destroyed at Chishtian. During the war the Dassault Mystère losses from Sirsa stations were - Sqn. Ldr. J.D. Kumar killed, Sqn. Ldr. Anukul ejected, Flt. Lt. Das ejected after his engine flammed out. Airport authorities trained the volunteers from among the RSS workers and deployed them for the airport security.
There is one runway, aligned north-east to south-west (05-23).
Sirsa was amongst nine airfields in the Western Air Command (WAC) for the Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure programme (MAFI), started in 2009, and due its proximity to the Delhi, work at the station which included equipping it with sensitive radars was complete by 2011, when the first of six C-130J Hercules tactical transport aircraft bought from USA arrived, to be used exclusively by the Special Forces (SF) (Garud Commando Force). Hindon Air Force Station was designated to become home base for these aircraft, and for this purpose, the Hindon runway was extended and modern hangars, servicing and operations facilities suitable for the C-130J aircraft were added.
It has a total of 40 aeroplanes, of which 20 are used for defence.
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