Southern Air Command (India)

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Southern Air Command
SAC Crest.jpg
Emblem of the Southern Air Command
Founded19 July 1984
BranchIndian Air Force
TypeOperational Air Command
HeadquartersThiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Motto(s)Sanskrit: Antariksham Prashasmahe
We Command the space
Air Officer Commanding-in-ChiefAir Marshal Balakrishnan Suresh, PVSM, AVSM, VM[1][2][3]

The Southern Air Command (SAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, which is in the southern side of India. This is one among the seven commands of IAF. This command was started on 19 July 1984 and is relatively new among the other commands. The conflicts in Sri Lanka and the need for establishing a strong base over the Indian Ocean resulted to the formation of this new command. The SAC was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.[4]

From 1984 to 1999, the command grew from 5 lodger units to 17 lodger units under its jurisdiction. Air-sea rescue in the Indian Ocean may be among the command's tasks.


Squadrons include:

Squadron Base Equipment Notes
No. 121 Helicopter Flight, IAF Car Nicobar Air Force Station Mil Mi-8 No. 37 Wing
No. 33 Squadron IAF Sulur Air Force Station Antonov An-32 No. 43 Wing
No. 109 Helicopter Unit, IAF Sulur Air Force Station Mil Mi-8 No. 43 Wing
No. 122 Helicopter Flight, IAF Port Blair Air Force Station Mil Mi-8 No. 43 Wing
No. 45 Squadron IAF[5] Sulur Air Force Station HAL Tejas

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief[edit]

List of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Rank Name From To
Air Marshal Jasbir Walia 1 June 2015 [6] 31 July 2016
Sunderraman Neelakantan 1 August 2016 1 March 2017
Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria 1 March 2017 1 August 2018
Balakrishnan Suresh 1 August 2018 Present
Technical area of the air command in Shangumukham near the Trivandrum International Airport

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "411 Republic Day Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced". Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
  2. ^ "New Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief for SAC". 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "New chief of IAF Training Command". 3 August 2018.
  4. ^ Indian Air Force, Southern Air Command Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Air Marshal Jasbir Walia assumes charge". 1 June 2015.