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No. 45 Squadron
Active 1957 - Present.
Country India Republic of India
Branch  Indian Air Force
Role Air superiority
Precision Strike
Combat air patrol
Garrison/HQ Bangalore, Karnataka
Nickname(s) Flying Daggers
Motto(s) Ajithalakshya
Invincibility Our Mission
Group Captain Madhav Rangachari[1]
A Winged Swords
Insignia Image 100px
Aircraft flown
Attack HAL Tejas (1st July 2016-Present)[2]
MiG-21 (Retired on 2002)
de Havilland Vampire (Retired)

No. 45 Squadron Indian Airforce (Flying Daggers) is a Fighter Squadron internally based at Bangalore, Karnataka. The Squadron operate indigenous HAL Tejas fighter from 1 July 2016.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The squadron was raised on 15 February 1957[citation needed], 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 The MiGs are withdrawn from squadron service in 2002 which were operated from Naliya.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.[2] The Squadron will operate from Yelahanka Air Base, Bangalore for nearly two years before it moves to its designated locations at Sulur near Coimbatore.[3] 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encountered two Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-86 Sabres, armed with air-to-air missiles; in the ensuing dogfight, the outdated Vampires were outclassed. One was shot down by ground fire and another three were shot down by Sabres.[4][5] The Vampires were withdrawn from front line service after these losses.

Atlantique incident[edit | edit source]

Indian Airforce No.45 Squadron involved in Atlantique incident on 10 August 1999. Two MiG-21Bison from No.45 Squadron IAF intercepted and shot down Pakistani naval reconnaissance plane.[6][7]

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