Ambala Air Force Station

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Ambala Air Force Station

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Ambala Vayu Sena Chawani
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerIndian Air Force
OperatorWestern Air Command
ServesAmbala Cantonment
LocationAmbala, Haryana
OccupantsNo. 14 Squadron IAF
No. 5 Squadron IAF
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Elevation AMSL275.2 m / 900 ft
Coordinates30°22′15″N 76°49′04″E / 30.37083°N 76.81778°E / 30.37083; 76.81778
Map
VIAM is located in Haryana
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Location of airport in India
VIAM is located in India
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VIAM (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 9,224 2,811 Concrete / Asphalt
N/A 5,808 1,770 Concrete / Asphalt

The Ambala Air Force Station is an air base east of the urban Ambala area in Haryana, India. It is used for military and government flights. It is also used to fly in politicians and other key people.

History[edit]

In 1948, first airstrip was built in Haryana when Ambala Air Force Station was established following the independence of India. It is also the home to the SEPECAT Jaguar of No. 5 Squadron IAF and No. 14 Squadron IAF, and aging MiG-21bis of No. 21 Squadron IAF.

In 1948, a Flying Instruction School (FIS) was formed here. In 1954, FIS Ambala was moved to Tambaram near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, at Tambaram Air Force Station.

The Mirage fighters, that were used for the air strike, which happened on Feb 26, 2019(in wake of Pulwama terror attack) took off from the Ambala air base, and the whole operation took 30 minutes.[2]

Assets[edit]

In 2018-19, Ambala Airforce station currently houses a squadron of SEPECAT Jaguar. From May 2020, the IAF will house the first batch of 36 latest Dassault Rafale fighter jets at Ambala Air Force Station and Hasimara Air Force Station.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b World Airport Codes.
  2. ^ "'Wait For Our Response,' Says Pak Army After India's Air Strikes". The Quint. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ "News18 Newsletter | All We Know So Far About India's Surgical Strike 2.0 on Pakistan". News18. Retrieved 26 February 2019.