Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment or TACDE is an Indian Air Force unit for training aerial combat to its top one percent fighter pilots.[1] TACDE is based in Gwalior. It was conferred Presidential standard in 2009.[2] The institution evolves tactical procedures for various aircraft, implements standard operating procedures and trains pilots in operational doctrines.


TACDE was founded by Wing Commander A. K. Mukherjee.[3] It was established in 1971 from previously formed Tactics and Combat Development and Training Squadron at Adampur, Punjab. It got re-designated as TACDE in December 1972. The institutions has numerous awards and honors including Vir Chakra and Kirti Chakra. TACDE was awarded ‘Battle Honours’ by the President of India in 1995 for its role in the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971.[4]


Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Sharma, Suman (2010-07-09). "Sukhois set for Gwalior as IAF evolves new tactics". DNA India. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  2. ^ "English Releases". Press Information Bureau. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  3. ^ "Institution - Operations - Tacde". Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  4. ^ "English Releases". Press Information Bureau. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.