List of active Indian military aircraft

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List of active Indian military aircraft is a list of military aircraft currently in service with the Indian Armed Forces. Figures are sourced from Flight International ( For a list of Previous Aircraft used by the Indian Military see List of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Indian Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[1] Comment
Fighter aircraft (573)
Sukhoi Su-30MKI SU-30MKI-g4sp - edit 2(clipped).jpg  Russia
Air superiority fighter Su-30MKI 200[2] Total 272 on order (to be delivered by 2018-2019).[3][4] All aircraft to be upgraded to "Super Sukhoi" status. Upgrades would include AESA radar among other things.
Mikoyan MiG-29 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG Fulcrum, India - Air Force JP7677166.jpg  Soviet Union Multirole fighter MiG-29 (9.12B)
Being upgraded to MiG-29UPG Standard.[6]
HAL Tejas LCA Tejas.jpg  India Multirole fighter Mark I
8 8 delivered with 40 more on order. Eventual replacement for MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft.[3][7][8] Total 294 Mk I and Mk II aircraft may be ordered to equip 14 squadrons to replace the MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleets.[9]
Dassault Mirage 2000 Indian Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000.JPG  France Multirole fighter M2000H
49[10] The current fleet of 49 will be upgraded to Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 standard between 2011 and 2020. Scheduled to remain operational through 2040.[3][11]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Sheeju mig21.JPG  Soviet Union
Fighter aircraft MiG21Bis
254[12] MiG-21M/MF ("Type 88") to be phased out by 2015.[13][14][15] Remaining 150 aircraft, including upgraded MiG-21 Bisons, to be phased out by 2022.[3]
Ground-attack aircraft (227)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 Bahadur Mig-27.jpg  Soviet Union Ground-attack aircraft MiG-27ML 79 To be phased out by 2020.[3]
SEPECAT Jaguar IAF Jaguar.jpg  United Kingdom
Ground-attack aircraft M/S
Service-life upgrades to be completed by 2020.[3]
Transport aircraft (241)
C-17 Globemaster IAF-C-17.jpg  United States Strategic transport Globemaster III 6 4 more on order.[16]
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid Indian Air Force IL-76.JPG  Soviet Union Strategic transport Il-76MD 17
C-130J Super Hercules C-130 J.jpg  United States Tactical transport C-130J 5 6 more ordered in December 2013.[17][18]

And 1 more ordered on August 2014 to make up the loss of a crashed C-130J.[19]

Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Indian Air Force Hindustan HAL-748 Srs2M-LFD Vyas-1.jpg  United Kingdom
Tactical transport HS 748-100 62 To be replaced under a $2.4 billion program.[20]
Antonov An-32 Cline Antonov An-32RE, India - Air Force AN1983739.jpg  Soviet Union Light tactical transport An-32
All aircraft to be upgraded to An-32RE standard by 2016.[21]
Boeing 737 Indian Air Force Boeing 737-200 SDS-2.jpg  United States Airliner (passenger) B 737-200 4 One 737-200 ADV and Three 737-700 BBJ1 used for VIP transport[22][23]
Dornier Do 228 Indian Air Force Dornier 228 SDS-2.jpg  Germany
Utility transport Do 228-201 40
IAI Astra 1125  Israel VIP transport 1125 Astra 2
Special-mission aircraft (15)
Beriev A-50 Phalcon Beriev A-50EI Mainstay2009.jpg  Israel
 Russia[Note 1]
Airborne early warning & control A-50E/I 3 2 more on order.
EMB-145 AEWCS DRDO AEW&C Embraer ERJ 145.JPG  India (Radar)
 Brazil (Aircraft)
Airborne early warning & control 2 3 ordered, with two delivered. Undergoing testing by DRDO and IAF. All 3 expected to be in service by 2015.[24][25][26][27]
Ilyushin Il-78 MKI Il-78MKI.jpeg  Russia[Note 2] Aerial refueling IL-78MKI 7
Gulfstream III  United States Reconnaissance IV SRA-4 3
Training aircraft (194)
BAE Hawk British Aerospace Hawk 132 India Air Force ZK130 (2949445028).jpg  United Kingdom
Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 78 Total 106 ordered, with the remaining 45 to delivered by 2016.[28][29][30]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL Kiran Aero India-2007.jpg  India Trainer aircraft[31] HJT-16
81 To be phased out by 2017.[31]
Pilatus PC-7 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II of Indian Air Force en route to Dundigal AFA, Hyderabad.PNG   Switzerland Trainer aircraft Mk II 35[32] 75 ordered, with a possible order for another 37,[33] and a follow up order of an additional 100.[31] Being produced at the rate of 2 aircraft per month.[34]
HAL HPT-32 Deepak HAL Deepak.jpg  India Trainer aircraft Current fleet of around 70 aircraft grounded. Being replaced by Pilatus PC-7 trainer aircraft, of which 75 have been ordered.[31]
Helicopters (373)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 4 Total of 16 on order.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter LCH (HEMANT RAWAT ) (2).JPG  India Attack helicopter LCH 2 65 on order.
Mil Mi-35 Hind-E Mi-35 Hind Akbar.jpg  Soviet Union Military helicopter Mi-35 20 Will be replaced by 22 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.
Mil Mi-8
US-India YudhAbhyas.jpg
 Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-8
187 19 Mi-17V5 delivered by February 2014, of the total 59 ordered for the Air Force in December 2012.[35]
Mil Mi-26 Halo  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-26 3 Will be complemented by Boeing CH-47 Chinook of which 15 is being ordered.
AgustaWestland AW101  United Kingdom Transport helicopter AW101 3 12 originally planned, however deal was cancelled in January 2014 due to corruption charges.
HAL Dhruv Indian air force dhruv helicopter j4042 arp.jpg  India Utility helicopter Dhruv 47 65 more on order.
HAL Cheetah An Indian Air Force Cheetah evacuating ill J&K Police Personnel. Photograph taken in Bani region of Basoli Tehsil, Kathua District, Jammu and Kashmir, India..JPG  France
Utility helicopter SA 315B
HAL Chetak  France
Utility helicopter SA-316B 73

Indian Naval Air Arm[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[37] Comment
Fighter aircraft (57)
Mikoyan MiG-29K MiG-29K of INAS 303 1.jpg  Russia Multirole fighter MiG-29K
Second order is being delivered.
BAE Sea Harrier Harrier land Malabar 2007.jpg  United Kingdom[Note 3] Fighter aircraft FRS51
Patrol aircraft (18)
Boeing P-8 Poseidon Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy.jpg  United States Maritime patrol aircraft P-8I Neptune 5[38] 3 more on order, another order for 4 aircraft under negotiation.[39][40][41][42]
Tupolev Tu-142 Tupolev Tu-142 Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Tu-142M 8 Being modernised.[43]
Ilyushin Il-38 May Ilyushin Il-38SD Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Il-38SD 5 All five Sea Dragon variants are being overhauled, and will include a further minor upgrade.[44]
Utility aircraft (26)
Dornier Do 228 Dornier Do-228 of Indian Navy.JPG  Germany
Utility aircraft Do 228-101
Do 228-201
6 more on order.[1]
Trainer aircraft (16)
BAE Hawk BAE Hawk of Indian Navy.jpg  United Kingdom Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 8 17 ordered, with remaining 9 to be delivered by 2016.[29][30]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL HJT-16 Kiran of Indian Navy.JPG  India Trainer aircraft 8
Helicopters (125)
Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B Kamov Ka-31 of Indian Navy.JPG  Russia Airborne early warning 9
Westland Sea King US Navy 110407-N-0864H-502 Sailors aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) remove the chains that secured an Indian MK42 Sea Hawk helicopter during exercise.jpg  United Kingdom Anti-submarine warfare
Search & Rescue, utility transport
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King UH 3H of Indian Navy.jpg  United States Anti-submarine warfare, utility transport UH-3H 6
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone Kamov Ka - 25 Helicopter.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-submarine warfare 7 [1]
Kamov Ka-28 Helix-A Malabar 2012 IN Ka-31.jpg  Russia Anti-submarine warfare 13 [1]
HAL Chetak Indian Navy Chetak.jpg  France
Utility helicopter SA316B
HAL Dhruv HAL Dhruv of Indian Navy 2.JPG  India Utility helicopter 8 16 more ordered on 24 July 2014. These would include foldable main rotor blades.[45]

Army Aviation Corps (India)[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[37] Comment
Helicopters (204)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 20 Total of 60 on order.[46]
HAL Light Combat Helicopter HAL LCH at Aero india 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter LCH 114 on order.
HAL Lancer  France
Light attack helicopter 12 Developed from HAL Cheetah.
HAL Dhruv Indian Army Dhruv Helicopter at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Utility helicopter 64 160 on order.[1]
HAL Chetak  France
Utility helicopter SA 316B Chetak 60 To be replaced.
HAL Cheetah Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  France
Utility helicopter SA 315B Cheetah
HAL Cheetal
48 To be replaced. 22 HAL Cheetal on order[47]

Indian Coast Guard[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Fixed-wing aircraft (38)
Dornier Do 228 India Coast Guard Dornier Do 228 at Aero India 2013.jpg  India
Maritime surveillance, search and rescue Do 228-101 38 By 31 July 2013.[48]
Helicopters (27)
HAL Dhruv  India Utility helicopter 9 16 more ordered on 24 July 2014.[45]
HAL Chetak Cost Guard Helicopter Chowpatty.jpg  India
Utility helicopter 18

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles[edit]

Note: The Indian Armed Forces operate a number of Unmanned aerial vehicles split between the three service branches.

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Unmanned aerial vehicles
IAI Harpy Paris Air Show 2007-06-24 n25.jpg  Israel Unmanned combat air vehicle A small UCAV that homes into enemy radar emissions - destroying both itself and the enemy radar. In service with Indian Air Force.
IAI Harop IAI Harop.jpg  Israel Unmanned combat air vehicle 10 A small UCAV that homes into enemy radar emissions - destroying both itself and the enemy radar. In service with Indian Air Force.
IAI Heron Indian navy UAV Heron flies by.JPG  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle Heron I
Heron II
50+ In service with Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. 15 more ordered in December 2013.
DRDO Lakshya Lakshya PTA.JPG  India Target drone 39 A small target drone in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[49]
DRDO Nishant Nishant UAV.JPG  India Unmanned aerial vehicle 12+ In service with the Indian Army.
IAI Searcher Pair of IN Searcher UAVs.JPG  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle Searcher II
Searcher I
100+ In service with the Indian Army.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ With Israeli EL/W-2090 radar system.
  2. ^ Assembled in Uzbekistan, with Israeli designed fuel-transfer system.
  3. ^ Fitted with Israeli EL/M-2032 radar and Rafael Derby Beyond-visual-range missile.


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