Recruiters in AFSB interview prefer candidates who have basic knowledge about the field of IAF. The more knowledge a candidate has, the better are his chances of getting selected. Moreover, such knowledge also helps him to get used to the air force ambience and get along with other officers after posting.
No doubt, OLQs is the first thing that’s analysed during AFSB interview, but knowing few basic facts about IAF also counts significantly.
Facts about IAF:
- IAF, also known as Bharatiya Vayu Sena stands 4th amongst largest air forces of the world
- Nonetheless, primary mission of IAF is to guard Indian airspace and to maintain aerial warfare in times of armed war
- IAF was officially established on 8th October 1932, but back then it worked as an auxiliary air force of British Empire. Today, it completes 85 years of its establishment.
- Since 1950 till date, IAF has been engaged in 4 warfare with Pakistan and 1 war with PRC.
- President of India possesses the rank of Supreme Commander of IAF. As a matter of fact, President of India becomes the national Commander-in-chief of IAF.
- As of July 1, 2017, there are over 139,576 personnel in service with IAF
- An Air Chief Marshal (ACM) is the Chief of Air Staff. He is a four-star officer who is responsible for several operational commands of IAF. At a time, there is only one serving ACM in the IAF.
- Arjan Singh was honoured with the rank of Marshal of Indian Air Force by the President of India. On January 26, 2002, in recognition of his service, he was awarded a “Five Star” rank making him the first and only officer to hold this rank in IAF
- ACM is assisted with 6 Officers, all of them having the rank of Air Marshal
- Since 1990s till today, the fleet size of the Indian Air Force has dropped down to 33 squadrons, reason being the retirement of older aircraft.
- On August 20, 2013, IAF has marked world record by exhibiting highest landing at a height of 16614 feet by C-130J. This was performed at Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip situated in Ladakh.
- Recently on 22 November 2017, the IAF became first air force across world to victoriously fire Brahmos missile (air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile)
- There are around 1500 aircraft in the IAF.
Structure of IAF:
- IAF is categorized into 5 operational commands and 2 functional commands. Each and every command is led by an Air Officer Commanding-in-chief holding the rank of Air Marshal
- Aim of operational command is to administer military operations with the help of aircraft (within the area of responsibility)
- Aim of functional command is to manage combat readiness
- Every operational command has around 9 to 16 stations/bases. Further, every station is assigned with 1 wing and 1 or 2 squadrons.
- What are squadrons? They are field units and formations assigned to static areas. In a nutshell, a flying squadron is a sub-unit of its assigned station which performs its primary tasks of IAF
- A fighter squadron comprises of 18 aircraft, all of them are headed by a Wing commander.
- Flights are subdivisions of squadrons; Each flight has 2 sections; Each section (generally 3 aircraft) is headed by a flight lieutenant
- Structure of IAF has 3 branches: Flying branch, Technical branch and Ground branch
- Over across India, IAF has over 60 air stations/bases
- Western Air Command is the largest command having 16 air bases
- Central Air Command is the smallest command with just 7 air bases
- Outside India, there’s only one air base of IAF in Farkhor, Tajikistan.
- Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal in IAF
- “The Garud Commando Force” is a special force unit formed by IAF in 2004. It has over 2000 trained personnel who perform disaster relief, search and rescue operations.
- IAF carried out the biggest civilian rescue operation in the world called as “Operation Rahat”. This operation successfully airlifted 19,600 people and landed around 3, 82,400 kg of equipment and relief material to people affected in floods of North India.