Maintenance Command
Maintenance Crest.jpg
Emblem of the Maintenance Command
Founded26 January 1955
CountryIndia
BranchIndian Air Force
TypeSupport
HeadquartersNagpur, Maharashtra
Motto(s)Sarvada Gagenecharet
(Sanskrit: Always Flying in the Sky)
Commanders
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal Vibhas Pande[1]
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, AVSM, VSM, handing over the aircraft HPT-32 to Narayan Ramdas Iyer at Raman Science Centre on 15 December 2017
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, AVSM, VSM, handing over the aircraft HPT-32 to Narayan Ramdas Iyer at Raman Science Centre on 15 December 2017

Maintenance Command is a command of the Indian Air Force. It was raised as Maintenance Group at Chakeri in Kanpur in 1950. In 1955, it was designated as Maintenance Command. Its current headquarters is located at Vayusena Nagar in Nagpur (Maharashtra); it handles the repair, overhaul and maintenance of all aircraft, helicopters and other equipment. MC has about nine Base Repair Depots taking care of the overhaul and maintenance of various types of aircraft.

History

The Maintenance Command was established on 26 January 1955. Group Captain Harjinder Singh was the first Commanding Officer (CO). Harjinder Singh, a legendary engineering officer with many firsts to his credit was at the helm of the command until his retirement in 1963. The appointment of the CO was upgraded to Air Officer Commanding (AOC) in 1958 when Singh was promoted to Air Commodore.[2] It was further upgraded to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) when he was promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. In 1971, the appointment of AOC-in-C was upgraded to the three-star rank of Air Marshal.[3]

Organisation

The command's Base Repair Depots include:[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Air Marshal Vibhas Pande takes over as chief of IAF Maintenance Command in Nagpur". The Hindu. PTI. 14 June 2022. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 July 2022.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "THE ROLE OF MAINTENANCE COMMAND IN THE IAF" (PDF). pibarchive.nic.in. 17 March 1956.
  3. ^ "Maintenance Command". www.bharat-rakshak.com.
  4. ^ Jane's World Air Forces: India, 20 May 2010, via defense.pk