CHENNAI: The indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas of No 45 Squadron, ‘The Flying Daggers,’ touched an important milestone when it commenced operations from its home base at the Air Force station in Sulur near Coimbatore on Monday.
The Southern Air Command based at Thiruvananthapuram was entrusted with the responsibility of integrating the fighter into the IAF’s Concept of Operations. The Command and Air Force Station Sulur have worked relentlessly to ensure a seamless migration of the Squadron to its home base in precisely two years, according to a Defence Ministry release.
No.45 Squadron has been involved in training of air crew and technicians since its induction on July 1, 2016 and is now confident of undertaking its operations and maintenance of aircraft from an IAF base directly under an operational Command.
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command and Asha Bhadauria attended the inaugural pooja conducted at the Sulur Air Force station.