|No. 45 Squadron|
|Active||1957 - Present.|
|Country||Republic of India|
|Branch||Indian Air Force|
Combat air patrol
Invincibility Our Mission
|Group Captain Madhav Rangachari|
|A Winged Swords|
HAL Tejas (1st July 2016-Present) |
MiG-21 (Retired on 2002)
de Havilland Vampire (Retired)
History[edit | edit source]
The squadron was raised on 15 February 1957, with de Havilland Vampires, as a Ground-Attack and Close Air Support unit. Later The Vampires were replaced by MiG-21Bison. The MiGs are withdrawn from squadron service in 2002 which were operated from Naliya. It is the first operational squadron of the indigenous fighter jet HAL Tejas From 1 July 2016. The Squadron will operate from Yelahanka Air Base, Bangalore for nearly two years before it moves to its designated locations at Sulur near Coimbatore. It is also the first fighter Squadron to be part of the Southern Air Command of IAF headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram.
Indo-Pakistan War of 1965[edit | edit source]
On 1 September 1965, during the Indo-Pakistani War, No. 45 Squadron IAF responded to a request for strikes against a counter-attack by the Pakistani Army (Operation Grand Slam), and twelve Vampire Mk 52 fighter-bombers were successful in slowing the Pakistani advance. However, the Vampires encountered two Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-86 Sabres, armed with air-to-air missiles; in the ensuing dogfight, the outdated Vampires were outclassed. One was shot down by ground fire and another three were shot down by Sabres. The Vampires were withdrawn from front line service after these losses.
Atlantique incident[edit | edit source]
Assignments[edit | edit source]
Aircrafts[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "First squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas inducted into IAF in Bengaluru". Firstpost. 1 July 2016. http://m.firstpost.com/india/first-squadron-of-light-combat-aircraft-tejas-inducted-into-iaf-in-bengaluru-2866572.html. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- "HAL Tejas supersonic fighter jets inducted into Indian Air Force". The Times of India. 1 July 2016. http://m.timesofindia.com/india/HAL-Tejas-LCA-inducted-into-Indian-Air-Force/articleshow/53001736.cms. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "IAF begins establishing first LCA squadron." Deccan Herald. Retrieved 1 July 2016. Archived 20 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "Pakistani Air-to-Air Victories". Air Combat Information Group. 2003. http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_324.shtml. Retrieved 10 June 2009. .
- "The Atlantique Incident". 1999 Kargil Operations. Bharat Rakshak Indian Air Force. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20070202195038/http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/Kargil/Atlantique.html. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
- IAF Scores a Kill !!! Factual Account of Interception – Indian Air Force official page Retrieved on 26 July 2007
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