INDIAN AIR FORCE
नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम् (Sanskrit); IAST: Nabhaḥ Spr̥śaṁ Dīptam; (Touch the Sky with Glory)
8 October 1932; 86 years ago
Type - Air force
Role - Aerial warfare
Part ofIndian Armed Forces
Headquarters - New Delhi
Navy blue, sky blue & white
AnniversariesAir Force Day:
Engagements - Notable operations
The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the airforces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.
Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. The IAF's mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions.