Sulur Air Force Station

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Sulur Air Force Station
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Airport typeMilitary
OwnerGovernment of India
OperatorIndian Air Force
LocationSulur, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL1,250 ft / 381 m
Coordinates11°00′49″N 077°09′35″E / 11.01361°N 77.15972°E / 11.01361; 77.15972
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,516 8,255 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Sulur Air Force Station is an air base of the Indian Air Force located at Sulur near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[2] It is a former Royal Navy and Indian Navy base.


The base was established in 1940 by the Royal Navy of the then British Raj. The base was called HMS Vairi and hosted a Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy Air Yard (RNAY) known as RNAY Sulur, a repair base for aircraft operating in Southeast Asia during World War II. The base was burned down on 26 August 1942 during the 1942 August revolution. In 1943, the Indian Royal Air Force came to Sulur, which later transferred to Cochin in 1949.

After gaining independence, the Indian Navy established INS Hansa to operate Hawker Sea Hawks. After the liberation of Goa, INA Hansa was shifted to Goa's Dabolim airfield and Sulur was taken over by the air force. In 1955, the 5BRD (No 5, Base Repair Depot) of the Indian Air Force was planned and it started functioning in 1959. The airbase was also used for civil aviation and for racing motorcycles and cars in the 1960s.

Since 14 January 1984 this base has been completely operated and maintained by the Indian Air Force.

Operational aircraft[edit]

The base is home for 5 Base Repair Depot and 43 Wing of the Indian Air Force.[3] The 33 squadron "Himalayan Geese" which operated Antonov An-32 medium transport aircraft is based at Sulur.[4][5] The base also accommodates 109 helicopter unit "Knights" operating Mi-17 V5 transport helicopters.[6] The Sarang helicopter display team belonging to 151 Squadron of the Indian Air Force has its primary garrison at Sulur and operates modified HAL Dhruv helicopters.[7] Starting from July 2018, the air force station is also home of the 45 Squadron "Flying Daggers", which operates HAL Tejas.[2]


  1. ^ Airport information for VOSX from DAFIF
  2. ^ a b "Tejas Commences Operations From Kerala's Sulur Air Force Station". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ "AF Sulur to get Light Combat Aircraft in 2010: Air Chief". The Hindu. 17 April 2008.
  4. ^ "33 Squadron celebrates anniversary". The Hindu. 4 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Selfless service earns two IAF squadrons President's Standard". The Hindu. 12 December 2012.
  6. ^ Thomas, Wilson (28 August 2018). "How air warriors fromSulur flew to help Kerala". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Sarang – from display to rescue". The Hindu. 13 July 2013.

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