South Western Air Command

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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(s) Sanskrit: Jai Shree Varte Veeramh
Victory embraces the brave
Engagements Atlantique incident, Bhuj earthquake relief, 2001, Gujarat flood relief, 2005
Commanders
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.

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Squadrons include:

Squadron Base Equipment Notes
No. 20 Squadron IAF Lohegaon Air Force Station Su-30MKI No. 2 Wing
No. 30 Squadron IAF Lohegaon Air Force Station Su-30MKI No. 2 Wing
No. 15 Squadron IAF Bhuj Air Force Station Mig-21bis No. 27 Wing
No. 10 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Air Force Station Mig-27UPG No. 32 Wing
No. 29 Squadron IAF Jodhpur Air Force Station Mig-27UPG No. 32 Wing
No. 107 Helicopter Unit, IAF Jodhpur Air Force Station Mi-8 No. 32 Wing
No. 116 Helicopter Unit, IAF Jodhpur Air Force Station HAL Chetak No. 32 Wing
No. 119 Helicopter Unit, IAF Jodhpur Air Force Station Mi-8 No. 32 Wing
No. 6 Squadron IAF Jamnagar Air Force Station JaguarIS/IM/IB No. 33 Wing
No. 141 SSS Flight, IAF Jamnagar Air Force Station HAL Chetak No. 33 Wing IAF
No. 23 Squadron IAF Suratgarh Air Force Station Mig-21 No. 35 Wing IAF
No. 104 Helicopter Squadron, IAF Suratgarh Air Force Station Mi-35 No. 35 Wing
No. 11 Squadron IAF Vadodara Air Force Station Avro 748M No. 36 Wing
No. 44 Squadron IAF Nagpur Air Force Station Il-76MD No. 44 Wing
No. 4 Squadron IAF Uttarlai Air Force Station Mig-21 No. 5 FBSU
No. 101 Squadron IAF Naliya Air Force Station Mig-21M No. 12 FBSU

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