It started life as RAF Station Tambaram, in the Madras Presidency, in the south east of British India. After the British left, it became Tambaram Air Force Station is an Indian Air Force airfield in Tambaram, Chennai in Tamil Nadu state in southern India. This Air Force station is primarily involved in training of pilots.
The station has a squadron of 15 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II basic trainers by 2015 at the Flying Instructors School. The PC-7 will join a fleet that comprises Kiran Mk I and Mk II trainer aircraft, and HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters. An An-32 transport squadron is stationed here. Apart from training, helicopters from the Indian Navy have also been operated from this airfield.
In 2017 the Indian Air Force proposed to lengthen the runway so that larger aircraft could land to assist with natural disasters.