South Western Air Command (India)

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South Western Air Command, Indian Air Force
दक्षिण पश्चिमी वायु कमान, भारतीय वायु सेना
SWAC Crest.jpg
Emblem of the South Western Air Command
Founded 23 July 1980
Country India
Branch Indian Air Force
Type Operational Air Command
Role Air Defence, Maritime strike role.
Headquarters Gandhinagar
Motto Sanskrit: Jai Shree Varte Veeramh
Victory embraces the brave
Engagements Atlantique incident, Bhuj earthquake relief, 2001, Gujarat flood relief, 2005
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal Ravinder Kumar Dhir, AVSM, VM

The South Western Air Command is one of the five operational commands of the Indian Air Force. It was raised in Jodhpur in July 1980 from the No.1 Operations group of the Western Air Command. Its operations sector includes most of Rajasthan, through Gujarat and Saurashtra, as far south as Kutch and Pune. The SWAC moved to its current headquarters in Gandhinagar in May 1998, and incorporates the Indian airbases of Bhuj, Jaisalmer, Naliya, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Uttarlai/Barmer and Pune. It controls air operations in the south western air sector, which includes most of Rajasthan, and south through Gujarat to Saurashtra, and Kutch to Pune. It also operates the forward airbases at Ahmedabad, Nal, Suratgarh and . The SWAC's role has historically been largely of air defence, although it has been reported to have incorporated a strike profile.


SWAC squadrons include:[1]

Squadron Base Equipment Notes
No. 5 Squadron IAF Uttarlai, Barmer, Rajasthan Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 5 FBSU
No. 6 Squadron IAF Jamnagar SEPECAT Jaguar IM/IS/IT No. 33 Wing
No. 10 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Mikoyan MiG-27MU No. 32 Wing IAF
No. 11 Squadron IAF Vadodara BAe HS. 748 No. 36 Wing IAF
No. 15 Squadron IAF Bhuj AFS MiG-21bis No. 27 Wing IAF
No. 20 Squadron IAF Pune/Lohegaeon Sukhoi Su-30MKI No. 2 Wing IAF
No. 25 Squadron IAF Vadodara Antonov An-32 No. 36 Wing IAF
No. 28 Squadron IAF Jamnagar Mikoyan MiG-29 No. 33 Wing
No. 29 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Mikoyan MiG-27MU No. 32 Wing IAF
No. 30 Squadron IAF Pune/Lohegaeon Sukhoi Su-30MKI No. 2 Wing IAF
No. 32 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 No. 32 Wing IAF
No. 37 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Mikoyan MiG-27M No. 32 Wing
No. 45 Squadron IAF Raedhanpur - Naliya AFS Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis 12 FBSU
No. 101 Squadron IAF Raedhanpur - Naliya AFS Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21M 12 FBSU

It also operates a maritime attack squadron. The squadrons that form the SWAC include those operating MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-29 and Su-30. The maritime attack squadron operates Jaguar IM.


  1. ^, Indian Air Force Order of Battle, accessed October 2011

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Commands of the Indian Air Force
Operational Commands
Command HQ Location
Central Air Command (CAC) Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Eastern Air Command (EAC) Shillong, Meghalaya
Southern Air Command (SAC) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
South Western Air Command (SWAC) Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Western Air Command (WAC) Subroto Park, New Delhi
Functional Commands
Training Command (TC) Bangalore, Karnataka
Maintenance Command (MC) Nagpur, Maharashtra