College of Air Warfare is a premier Indian Air Force tri-service institution of higher learning, which conducts a number of courses on Air Warfare for officers of the rank of Flt Lt to Gp Capt and equivalents from all the three services. In addition, the College also conducts the Senior Officers' Study Period (SOSP) for Air Cmde and equivalents and the 'Combined Operational Review and Evaluation (CORE) Programme' for senior officers in the rank of Air Vice Marshal and their equivalents of the three services. Various courses and programmes are conducted in the art of Joint Warfare, with special emphasis on employment of Air Power. The functional and administrative control of the College is with HQ Training Command.
The College crest shows three symbols- the Wings, the Sword and the Anchor, superimposed on each other, depicted on a sky blue background symbolising the involvement of the three branches of the Indian armed forces-the Army, Navy and Air Force in imparting training to the student officers of the three services in the art of joint warfare. The lit lamp depicted at the top, symbolises the light of knowledge and also the mission of the College. The words 'College of Air Warfare' is inscribed on the surrounding roundel. The 'Ashok Stambh' heads the crest and laurel leaves surround the crest. The motto printed on the crest 'SANGACHDHAUM' when translated means "UNITED WE PREPARE". This is an ideal motto for an institution that relentlessly pursues quality in whatever it does and promotes the concept of 'Joint Warfare' among trainee officers of all branches of the Indian armed forces.
The College of Air Warfare (CAW) came into being on 01 July 1959, as the School of Land and Air Warfare (SLAW), at New Delhi, after receiving its approval by the President of India (Est. No. 2164 A). The sanction, however was to be in effect for a period of one year only and the ad-hoc authorisation was to be reviewed subsequently. The SLAW moved to its present location, Secunderabad, on 25 July 1959. This location had been vacated by the Controller of Defence Accounts and was taken over from the MES. Air Cmde KL Sondhi was the first Commandant of SLAW. At that time, the school did not have the status of a self-accounting unit and was dependent on Air Force Station Hyderabad, for administrative and domestic services. The SLAW was formally inaugurated by Defence minister, Sri VK Krishna Menon on 03 September 1959 with the commencement of its first regular course.
The SLAW although an Air Force institution, was functionally an inter service establishment, providing academic instruction to Army and Air Force officers. Besides Air Force personnel, the permanent staff of the school included a number of Army officers. Initially, only Army and Air Force officers were trained on common doctrines in Offensive Air Support, Air Transport Support and Air Defence. On 25 November 1967, with the introduction of Naval aspects of warfare, the School of Land and Air Warfare was renamed as Joint Air Warfare School (JAWS).
On 09 November 1975, the President of India sanctioned the formation of IAF's College of Air Warfare (CAW). CAW initially was a part of Joint Air Warfare School and was set up in three stages. Earlier, government sanction was obtained to train three F (P) officers with the RAF College (Department of Air Warfare) at Cranwell for four months (12 July 1975 to 12 November 1975). On their return, they formulated a plan for the formation of IAF's College of Air Warfare. During stage I of the formation, (10 November 1975 to 10 January 1976), a cell functioned at Air Headquarters that carried out preparations for a project report and drew up syllabus for short courses for DS designates.
During stage II (11 January 1976 to 30 March 1976), the same unit began temporarily functioning at AF Station Begumpet. Under stage III, on 02 November 1976, JAWS was redesignated as the College of Air Warfare, and its wings were renamed as Department of Joint Air Warfare (DJW) and Department of Air Warfare (DAW). Both these departments were later merged.
The College has a rich and experienced faculty on Air Strike, Air Defence, Air Transport, Technical Operations etc and is committed to be at the forefront of their respective disciplines.
The Operational Study Cell is an important area of the College activities and has a rich repository of information on air power and aerospace related matters. The College also has a well-furnished library having more than 10,000 books and magazines, covering wide range of subjects on airpower, military aviation, technology, computers, management and military history.
In October 2001, Air HQs issued a task directive to form a Centre for Leadership- Training And Behavioural Sciences (C-LABS) at CAW. The C-LABS conduct courses aimed at training and motivating junior and middle level officers in improving their leadership and managerial skills.
The Historical And Warrior Studies Cell (HAWS Cell) was transferred to the College from Air HQ on 17 April 2002. The Cell has been allotted with the task of publishing books on historical topics of the IAF. The books are intended to encourage the development of qualities of leadership and sacrifice and instil a sense of soldierly pride among all ranks of the service. HAWS Cell publishes high quality booklets, emphasising the core components of the Air Warrior creed- such as, 'Honour, Courage, Commitment and Competence'. The relevant topics are on various IAF Personalities, Institutions, Campaigns and Squadrons. HAWS Cell has already carved a niche for itself by publishing books of historical importance to IAF.
College of Air Warfare is located on No.2 Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad in front of Secunderabad Parade grounds, approximately 1.5 Kms from Secunderabad airport and railway station. The entrance to the College sports a majestic looking colonnade supported by Greek style pillars. Any visitor to the College would be charmed by the College Campus, which is an oasis of greenery and colour. This has been achieved by the environment conscious administrators of the College. The College Campus, classrooms, gardens and the entrance to the College have been given a major face-lift recently, keeping in-tune with the ambience of CAW as an institution of excellence and erudition.
|Air Cmde||KL Sondhi||14.7.59||07.12.59|
|Air Cmde||SN Goyal||11.12.59||31.3.61|
|Air Cmde||HS Ratnagar||06.6.61||12.1.66|
|Air Cmde||AR Pandit DFC||13.1.66||24.11.67|
|Air Cmde||AR Pandit DFC||25.11.67||14.12.67|
|Air Cmde||PC Ramachandran AFC||15.12.67||30.9.70|
|Air Cmde||FVA Scudder AVSM||01.10.70||07.5.72|
|Air Cmde||SS Achreja||24.5.72||29.2.76|
|Air Cmde||RP Sinha||01.3.76||11.11.76|
|Air Cdme||RP Sinha||12.11.76||31.3.80|
|Air Cdme||AM Shanhane||01.5.80||02.8.81|
|AVM||Man Singh AVSM VM VSM||03.8.81||16.12.84|
|AVM||ID Bhalla AVSM||17.12.84||31.7.86|
|AVM||RK Dhawan AVSM VM||20.8.86||14.2.88|
|AVM||PJ Jayakumar AVSM||15.2.88||02.7.89|
|AVM||Dushyant Singh VM VSM||03.7.89||08.3.91|
|AVM||V Kapila AVSM VrC||11.3.91||31.5.92|
|AVM||Jagbir Singh VrC||19.10.92||30.12.94|
|AVM||SS Hussain Naqvi AVSM VrC||31.12.94||31.8.97|
|AVM||AK Trikha AVSM VSM||03.10.97||31.8.99|
|AVM||AR Ghandhi AVSM VrC||01.9.99||31.3.01|
|AVM||DE Jonas AVSM||01.4.2001||30.04.2004|
|AVM||KG Bewoor AVSM VM||01.02.2007||22.03.2009|
|AVM||PS Gill AVSM VM||23.03.2009||31.12.2010|
|AVM||DP Upot VSM||02.05.2011||30.11.2014|
|AVM||AVM S Prabhakaran VM||01.12.2014||.........|
Air Vice Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran VM is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on 22 Dec 1983.He has held a variety of operational and instructional appointments. He has undergone three professional courses achieving an above average grading in all three courses. The officer is a Cat A flying instructor and was responsible for the successful induction of the Super Dimona aircraft at the National Defence Academy in 2001.He has commanded the prestigious Suryakiran Aerobatic Team. Under him, the Team gave over 150 public demonstrations without any accident during training or displays. During his tenure the team was awarded the Chief of Air Staff's 'Unit Citation' award. In Mar 2004, he led the Team to Singapore, where for the first time the team took part in an International Air Show at a Foreign base. Under his leadership the Team also performed at Bangkok International Airport and Yangon International Airport. He was a Senior Directing Staff (Air) at DSSC, Wellington. He has commanded two flying bases - one each as a Group Captain and as an Air Commodore. He has also served as the Defence Attache at the Embassy of India, Cairo from Sep 2007 to Dec 2010. During his assignment, he was also accredited to Cyprus, Dijibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan. For his Distinguished service, he was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in Oct 2005. The Chief of Air Staff has commended him twice, in Aug 93 and Oct 97. He is married to Mrs Rekha Prabhakaran and ithe proud father of two teenage boys Varun and Tanay.
The aim of Higher Air Command Course (HACC) is to train selected Gp Capts/Wg Cdrs of Flying Branch and equivalent officers of the Army and Navy for Senior Command and Staff Appointments connected with planning and execution of air operations and Command of major flying stations and equivalent posts in Army and Navy. The duration of each course is 44 weeks with a vacancy of 24 officers. The course contents include study of Air Power and the doctrine. Computer aided War Gaming, capsules on NBC. Administration, Law, EW and Management. They are also required to study and write a dissertation. A number of guest speakers are also invited to enhance understanding of a wide variety of subjects of current interest. Towards the end of the course, a joint war games is held at Army War College (AWC) at Mhow with students of Army and Navy Higher Command Courses. The course curriculum is rigorous and provides knowledge on issues related to national security, global security environment, innovative operational war fighting concepts and issues of strategic nature. The participants are also taken on tour of operational areas, military establishments and areas of economic interest, within India as well as neighbouring countries. The participants of the course who successfully complete the examinations on Research Methodology and Strategic Studies and submit a high quality research paper would be awarded the MPhil degree by Osmania University.
Basic Professional Knowledge Course (Flying) is an amalgamation of erstwhile Joint Air Warfare Course (JAWC) and Weapon Employment Course (WEC) as per the new pattern of in-service training. The course is compulsory for Flying (Pilot) and Flying (Navigation) branch officers of IAF within the seniority bracket of less than six years. The Course consists of Distance education (DE) over four months and Contact Programme (CP) for five weeks at the College. The aim of the Course is to impart knowledge on all aspects of air operations and emphasise the need for inter services co-ordination for success of joint operations at junior level for officers of Army, Navy and Air Force and officers from friendly foreign countries. A total of eight courses will be held in a year.
The aim of Ground Liaison Officers course is to train potential Ground Liaison Officer of Army for duties of GLOs. The course is conducted twice in a year for duration of two weeks. The course vacancy is 20 Army officers.
The aim of the study period is to provide senior officers of the three Services a forum to discuss and exchange ideas and update their knowledge on the latest tactics, concepts and procedures. Officers of the rank of Air Cmde and equivalent attend the programme. Duration of the study period is two weeks with a vacancy of 25 officers.
The aim of the programme is to expose officers of the rank of Air Vice Marshal and equivalents of the other two services to National Security Policy and its formulation, developments in military strategy, doctrines and joint fighting capabilities and latest developments in defence production. The duration of the programme is two weeks with a vacancy of 25 officers.
The College uses a wide range of training methodologies commensurate with the knowledge, experience and service bracket of the participants. Some of the methodologies used are: -
Tours & Visits: Tours and visits are conducted to various defence establishments, operational areas and areas of economic interest, within India as well as neighbouring countries, to increase awareness on capabilities and developments in defence related activities in the country.
Sand Model exercises: These are conducted to study the employment of air power in all operations of war.
Computer war Gaming & Simulation Exercises: These are conducted to give realistic assessments of the employment and capabilities of air power in various types of operations.
Guest Speakers: Eminent guest speakers who are expert in their respective fields deliver talks on national security and related topics.
Documentary films: Documentaries on air operations are screened to give an insight into the historical aspects of employment of air power in various campaigns.
Feedback: The College has a streamlined system of feedback and appraisal which towards betterment in training and administrative facilities.
Training Update: The College maintains constant liaison with service HQs, defence training institutions. The faculty members visit these HQs/institutions for updates on operational matters. They also attend exercises conducted at Command levels.
The College apart from the usual functions, is responsible for conducting the Annual Republic Day Parade at Secunderabad, which is graced by the Governor, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and other senior military and civil dignitaries. The College in the past couple of years had organised two impressive air shows over the Hussain Sagar Lake and also an Air Warrior Concert & musical show in Hyderabad. The events were attended by the Governor, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and the Chief of Air Staff, besides various other civil and military dignitaries.
College of Air Warfare is dedicated to being the nation's leading centre of excellence in developing Air Force doctrines, concepts and strategy to optimise effectiveness of the armed forces. Over the years the College has matured into a unique inter services institution and has enhanced the prestige of the services with excellent and harmonious inter services relations. The College has trained over 5500 officers, including officers from friendly foreign countries. The College continuously upgrades the curriculum, to keep abreast with the ever-evolving philosophy of employment of Airpower. The training patterns have been structured in keeping with the requirements as spelt out by the aims and objectives. The College is well established and is on a sound footing and is constantly striving to achieve excellence in all its endeavours.
College of Air Warfare publishes an annual journal covering articles on air power and contemporary issues. It provides wholesome reading on air aspects, technical innovations and air defence.
The College conducts an annual competition for all Air Force officers, on behalf of Air Headquarter. The best article is awarded the Om Sathya Mehra Trophy.
Family welfare is an important function of Command. The College encourages regular interaction with the families and conducts welfare activities to improve quality of life and general upliftment, under the able guidance of the first lady.
The College conducts regular 'Ladies-Meet' and the ladies wholeheartedly take part in the various programmes.
The institute is located approximately 6 Kms from the College. The defence services officers institute offers both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. All service officers automatically become members of the RSI on arrival in the Station.
It is co-located to the College of Air Warfare Officers' mess and offer excellent out door and indoor recreational facilities. Officers desirous of becoming members of the club are given temporary membership through RSI.