Chandigarh, Jan 10 (UNI) The Army Air Defence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm by Army Air Defence troops at Chandimandir Military Station today with a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers of the Army Air Defence.
Col A K Sharma, Army Air Defence, Western Command, laid the wreath at Veer Smriti on behalf of all ranks.
Corps of Air Defence Artillery now re-christened as Army Air Defence came into existence on January 10, 1994 after bifurcation from the Regiment of Artillery.
The first light Anti Air Craft unit was raised in October 1941 with L/60 Guns on the Territorial Army (TA) concept. At the time of partition, only two Air Defence Artillery units came to India. The L/60 guns were gradually replaced by radar controlled L/70 guns in the 70s. By 1975 all exiting TA Air Defence units were converted into regular Air Defence units. However, before January 10, 1994 Air Defence units was the integral part of the Regiment of Artillery.
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