Sirsa Air Force Station

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Sirsa Air Force Station
Roundel of India.svg
Sirsa Vayu Sena Chhawni
सिरसा वायु सेना छावनी
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Indian Air Force
Operator Western Air Command
Location Sirsa, Haryana
Occupants No. 21 Squadron IAF
No. 15 Squadron IAF
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Elevation AMSL 198 m / 650 ft
Coordinates 29°33′42″N 75°00′21″E / 29.56167°N 75.00583°E / 29.56167; 75.00583
Map
VIDX is located in Haryana
VIDX
VIDX
Location of airport in India
VIDX is located in India
VIDX
VIDX
VIDX (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
5/23 1,066 3,500 Concrete / Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Hub for the number of airlines 0
Number of scheduled airlines flying in 0
Number of scheduled weekly flights 0
Number of scheduled flight passengers 0

Sirsa Air Force Station or Sirsa AFS (ICAO airport code): VISA is an Indian Air Force base under the Western Air Command (WAC), located at Sirsa in the state of Haryana, India.[4]

Runway[edit]

There is one runway, aligned north-east to south-west (05-23).

Units[edit]

It has No. 21 Squadron IAF of 45 Wing. Wing is an active air force combat formation. No. 15 Squadron IAF operating Su-30MKI is also based here.[5][6]

History[edit]

Originally the base was home to a squadron each of MiG-23s and MiG-27s, both single-engine fighters, of No. 21 Squadron IAF.[7]

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 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.[8][9]

It has a total of 40 aeroplanes, of which 20 are used for defence.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b World Airport Codes.
  2. ^ Information of Hindon Air Force Base, airport-data.com, accessed 25 Nov 2014
  3. ^ Sirsa Air Station, Wikimapia, accessed 25 Nov 2014
  4. ^ "Air Force Day Fly Past an Appeal". PIB, Ministry of Defence. 26 September 2006.
  5. ^ "Indian Air Force to raise four more squadrons of Su-30 MKI fighter". 5 October 2012.
  6. ^ "IAF's top guns brave extreme Alaska". 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ No. 3 Squadron, Indian Air Force Bharat Rakshak
  8. ^ "Hindon gets more airpower". MiD DAY. 2009-05-22.
  9. ^ "IAF's first C-130J airlifter to arrive this week". Economic Times. 16 Jan 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012.

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