Training Command (India)

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'Training Air Command
Training Crest.jpg
Emblem of the Training Air Command
Founded 22 July 1949
Country India
Branch Indian Air Force
Type Operational Air Command
Role Flying and ground training.
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka
Motto(s) Sanskrit: Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya
"From darkness, lead us unto Light"
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal S R K Nair, AVSM, VM, M-in-D

Training Command is the Indian Air Force's command responsible for flying and ground training.

In the 1930s, the approaching threat and later advent of World War II and the leaning of Japan towards the Axis powers, the latter was considered as a potential enemy. Therefore, need was felt to make IAF a self-supporting force for the South Eastern Theatre of war. This led to the rapid expansion of the IAF. A target was fixed of 10 IAF Squadrons. With this expansion, the requirement of pilots and technical personnel increased. For the training of technical personnel, a technical training school was set up at Ambala in 1940.

In a 1949 reorganisation of the Indian Air Force, while frontline units were put under the Operations Command, all the training institutions were placed under the jurisdiction of the Training Command.[1]

Among Training Command's units is the Navigation Training School at Begumpet Air Force Station, Hyderabad. It flies the BAe HS. 748,[2] the Basic Flying Training School and the Air Force Administrative College. The Hawk Operational Training Squadron and Weapon System Operators' School are located at Bidar Air Force Station which flows the Hawk Mk 132 trainer aircraft.


  1. ^ Sarkar, Hindustan year-book and who's who, 536
  2. ^ Dutch Aviation Society, Indian Air Force Order of Battle, verified October 2011