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Crest and Motto

   The unit crest consits of a pair crossed swords bracketing a winged torch on a red background.  Spaced equally around the two swords are seven stars encircled in blue border with the establishment's name on the top and the Indian Air Force below.  Around this is circle of laurel leaves with the Ashoka Capital on top.   Below this is a golden scroll inscribed with "TEJAS TEJASWI NAMAHAM" as the motto of the unit.

The symbolism of the crest well signifies the aim and the role of the unit.  The crossed swords are indicative of combat.  The winged burning torch symbolises teaching the art of air-to-air combat and it being passed on.  The red background is the bloodied battlefield over which air combat reaches its peak.  The seven stars stand for the `Sapta Rishi' constellation symbolising astro-navigation and capability to conduct operations by night.  The motto has been taken from Bhagwat Gita which means " I am the glory of the glorious".  Thus, the crest truly symbolises the role of the establishment as any achievement by IAF in war would largely depend on the highly specialised training imparted in the field of air combat and weapon delivery systems.

Brief History

After independence, the IAF followed the doctrines and tactics of the RAF for some time.  The need for an institution devoted purely to the development of combat tactics for modern fighter aircraft was strongly felt in the IAF.  This requirement gathered momentum due to wars in quick succession and led to the formation of Tactics and Air Combat Squadron (TACS), on 01 February 1971 at Adampur, under the Command of Wg Cdr AK Mukherji.  The primary task of the establishment today is operational training of all aircrew and ground crew of the IAF.  This encompasses study and evolution of tactical procedures for various aircraft, their implementation in the form of standard operating procedures and training of pilots in these operations, doctrines and tactics.  TACDE is divided into two wings : one dealing with development of tactics and the other for training of aircrew and SAGW crew.

During the 1971 operations, the TACS was assigned the operational role of single aircraft night counter air strikes on major Pakistani airfields.  The squadron was quick to react and launch counter air missions against enemy airfields, starting from the early hours of 04 Dec 71.  For the next three nights, the squadron continued to attack enemy airfields.  These daring single aircraft missions were carried out with great accuracy.  That the attacks had a considerably demoralising effect on Pakistani pilots, has been confirmed by a captured PAF MiG-19 pilot.  For its wartime work, TACS won one Vir Chakra, thirteen Mentions-in-Despatches, one Vayu Sena Medal and four Commendations by AOC-in-C.

Presently, the establishment is conducting professional courses for fighter and helicopter pilots, fighter controllers and ground crew of missile units.  Besides this, the Development Wing is evolving tactics as per the changing scenario.

The success of the Establishment can be judged from the fact, that the last Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis was a graduate of this Establishment, who topped the Fighter Combat Leader Course.  In addition, Air Marshal PS Brar, the then Vice Chief, was a founder member of this establishment.

MiG-21 bis

Over the years, a large number of MiG-21 variants has been in service with the Soviet Air Force.  The MiG-21 bis version was designed in the early 70s and was flown for the first time in 1976.  The fighter was developed on the basis of experience gained from the earlier variants and has good transonic and supersonic handling characteristics, high rate of climb, small size and high max take off weight.

The MiG-21 bis is the last of the series of MiG 21s and is a true all weather, multi-role fighter.  It was inducted into the Indian Air Force in the early 1980s.  Since then, it has been the mainstay of the IAF.  With the proposed avionics and weapons system upgrade, it is likely to stay this way for many years to come.

 

Performance Data

  • Max Speed        -  1300 Kmh (at LL) / 2.05 M

  • Thrust               -   7100 Kgf

On its four hard points, the bis is capable of carrying a variety of loads for AD or GA missions.

MiG-27

This swing wing fighter of Russian origin was inducted into the IAF in the late 1980's.  This dedicated ground attack aircraft has been one of the main strike aircraft of the IAF.  With its sophisticated avionics and weapon computers, it is capable of delivering a variety of loads in different modes of attack. A very stable weapons platform with good forward visibility and all around view, it can carry precision munitions guided by TV/laser and also A4Ms for self defence.

With state-of-the-art avionics and weapon computer update, this aircraft is going to stay as a reliable ground attack aircraft for years to come.

Performance Data

  • Max Speed                -   1.1 M(LL)/1.7M (At Height)

  • Jet assisted Take off possible

  • Combat Radius            -   Lo-Lo-Lo in excess of 400 Kms

  • Ferry Range               -     2500 Kms

Honours and Awards

During 1971 Operations

Rank Name Awards
Wg Cdr AK Mukerjee,VM Vr C
Sqn Ldr V Patney Vr C M-in-D
Flt Lt RL Bamzai M-in-D
Flt Lt BS Beasley M-in-D
Flt Lt RC Mahadik M-in-D
Sgt P  Sivan VM
Flt Sgt D Ebenezer M-in-D
Flt Sgt PR Choudhary M-in-D
Sgt Chatha PS M-in-D
Cpl John ET M-in-D
Cpl Abraham P M-in-D
Cpl Jose TV M-in-D
Cpl Fernandez MR M-in-D
Cpl Ramswaroop M-in-D
Cpl Ramachandran KP M-in-D
Cpl Mohan Kumar Commendation by AOC-in-C
Cpl Bajwa KS Commendation by AOC-in-C
Cpl Mathew KJ Commendation by AOC-in-C
Lascar Sh. Khushal Singh Commendation by AOC-in-C
Sqn Ldr M Mac Mohan F(P) Commendation by CAS, Aug 73
Sqn Ldr VK Verma VM F(P) Commendation by CAS, Aug 74
14162 WO SK Mukerjee AF Fit Commendation by CAS, Aug 74
222986  JWO M Samuel  Inst Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 76
400010  JWO J Bendict   Wpn Fit Commendation of AOC-in-C, Aug 76
Gp Capt SK Mehra, VM F(P) AVSM, Mar 76
Sqn Ldr OJ D'Sena  F(P) VM, Mar 76
Sqn Ldr SK Mitroo  F(P) VM, Commendation byAOC-in-C, Mar 76
Flt Lt BB Soni, VrC F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Mar 76
Flt Sgt John CB  Armt Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Mar 76
Flt Sgt Samuel M  Inst Rep Commendation by AOC-in-C, Mar 76
Sgt Gangadharan  AF Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Mar 76
Cpl Koteswara Rao  AF Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Mar 76
Sqn Ldr BB Soni Vr C  F(P) VM, Dec 82
Sqn Ldr S Damodaran  AE(M) VSM, Dec 82
209678  MWO Patange  Elect Fit Commendation by CAS, Jan 83
264673  Sgt Munzle CS  Wpn Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 83
Wg Cdr J D'Souza   F(P) VM, Jan 84
PA-16743  Sr D/Man S George Commendation by CAS, Jan 84
251798 Sgt Hasgudi TS  Eng Fit Commendation by CAS, Jan 84
272808  Sgt Rajan SV  Eng Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 84
Sqn Ldr SK Chakravorty AE(L) Commendation by CAS, Aug 85
Sqn Ldr PK Barbora F(P) Commendation by CAS, Aug 85
223766  WO Kumaran   Wpn Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 86
218450  MWO Damodaran   Wpn Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 86
221981  MWO Choudhary  Eng Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 88
232498  WO GS Pawar  Elect Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 88
Flt Lt JK Singh  AE(M) Commendation by CAS, Aug 88
607363  JWO Kumar  V   Elect fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 89
68901  LAC Mohanta  Eng Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 89
Wg Cdr S Damodaran  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Oct 89
669949  Sgt A Singh  Elect Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 89
605744  JWO VP  Dhiman Inst fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 90
Gp Capt A Bhavani, VM  F(P) AVSM, Jan 91
Wg Cdr PS Bhangu  F(P) VM, Jan 92
JWO GC Saha MTD Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 92
Flt Lt BC Upreti  Adm Commendation by CAS, Aug 92
250917  WO Mathai  WpnFit Commendation by CAS, Aug 92
TACDE/29 Sh.  K Gopi    Cook Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 92
669052  Sgt Enayatullah  Eng Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 92
650730  Sgt Singh Sk  Elect Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 92
Sqn Ldr AS Bahal  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Jan 93
SqnLdr GS Randhawa  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 93
Sgt Muthuswamy  MTD Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 93
Wg Cdr A Chaudhari  F(P) VM, Jan 93
Sqn Ldr KP Palsule  Adm FC Commendation by CAS, Aug 93
Sqn Ldr A Khosla  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Aug 93
Sqn Ldr B Suresh  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 93
Sqn Ldr PS Randhawa  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Jan 94
Wg Cdr M Matheswaran  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Aug 94
Sqn Ldr N Yadav  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Aug 94
Wg Cdr A Chaudhari  VM  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Jan 95
621000  JWO HR Singh   Rad Fit Commendation by CAS, Jan 95
Sqn Ldr S Chhabra  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 95
Flt Lt S Baijal  AE(M) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 95
Flt Lt BK Ravi  AE(L) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 96
Gp Capt PS Bhangu,  VM F(P) AVSM, Jan 96
Sqn Ldr VM Choudhary AE(M) VSM, Jan 96
SqnLdr JS Walia  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 96
SqnLdr AK Kapur  Adm FC Commendation by CAS, Oct 96
Gp Capt S Mukerji SC   F(P) VSM, Jan 97
Wg Cdr AK Srivastava   Adm FC VSM, Jan 97
Sqn Ldr HS Arora  F(P) Commendation by AOC-in-C, Jan 97
258275  MWO DP Raj  MTD Commendation by CAS, Oct 97
SqnLdr M Rajkumar  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Oct 97
Wg Cdr C Harikumar F(P) Commendation by CAS,Oct 97
643783  JWO JP Sharma  AF Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 97
605815 WO Kundan Lal   Elect Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C, Oct 97
7061893  WO AK Raman  Rad Fit Commendation by CAS, Jan 98
675655  Sgt Rao CV  Eng Fit Commendationby CAS, Jan 98
Wg Cdr AC Bharali  F(P) VM, Aug 98
658940  JWO  RN Changal  AF Fit Commendation by AOC-in-C,  Oct 98
Wg Cdr AC Bharali  F(P) Commendation by CAS, Oct 98
251583  MWO RK Bakshi   Eng Fit Commendation by CAS, Oct 98

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