With the rapid expansion of the Indian
Air Force during the Fifties, the command and control structure needed to be
reorganized. This re-organisation led to the revival of the No 1 Operational
Group at Calcutta in 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of
the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The areas
of responsibility of this Operational Group were bifurcated and two separate
commands were formed. The Central Air Command was formed at Rani Kuthee, Calcutta
in Mar 1962. However with need to increase vigil along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Tibetan
borders, Calcutta was considered inappropriate location for the Central Air
Command Headquarters and it was relocated at Allahabad in February 1966.
The task assigned to this Command is to patrol the North Central sector of this
country from Himachal border to Sikkim. The area assigned to command stretches
from Bareilly/Agra in the North to Bihta/Darbhanga in the East from Indo-Nepal
border in the North to Nagpur in the South.
AIR MARSHAL SBP SINHA AVSM VM
Air Marshal SBP Sinha graduated from National Defence Academy in June 1979 and was commissioned in the fighter stream on 15 June 1980. He was appointed as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command on 01 January 2016. He is also the Commodore Commandant of 7 Squadron AF.
He has flown the Hunter, MiG-21, Mirage 2000 and Su-30MKI fighter aircraft and has over 3700 hours of flying. He is a 'Cat A' Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner, and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has undergone 'Operational Electronic Warfare Course' in France and 'Executive Course on Security Studies' in USA.
He has held various Command, Instructional and Staff appointments. His important Command and Instructional appointments include Instructor in Flying Instructors School, Flight Commander of a Mirage-2000 Squadron, Chief Flying Instructor of Basic Flying Training School, Air Force Examiner in Aircrew Examining Board, Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Squadron, Commandant of Electronic Warfare Range, Team Leader of AWACS Project Team in Israel and Air Officer Commanding of a premier
Su-30 MKI Base. He has held the staff appointments of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Principal Director Plans, Principal Director C4ISR, Principal Director Acquisitions and Deputy Director of Operations (Electronic Warfare) at Air Headquarters.
He is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal.
He is married to Mrs Alpana Sinha and they have a son, who is an Electronics & Communication Engineer and a MBA.
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