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List of active Indian military aircraft

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This article provides the list of active Indian military aircraft currently in service or on order with the Indian Armed Forces. For a list of historical military aircraft used by the Indian military, see list of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Air Force

A Su-30MKI
HAL Tejas
Rafale of the Indian Air Force.
Netra AEW&C on Embraer ERJ 145 platform
A C-130J Hercules on approach
HAL Rudra helicopter
LCH
An AH-64 Apache
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mikoyan MiG-21 Soviet Union Interceptor Bison 54[1]
SEPECAT Jaguar United Kingdom Ground attack IM/IS[2] 118[3]
Mikoyan MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29UPG[4] 65[5][6] 21 on order
Dassault Mirage 2000 France Multirole 2000 H/I 45[5]
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia Multirole Su-30MKI 260[7] 12 on order
HAL Tejas India Multirole Mk.1 17[8] 23 on order[9][10]
Dassault Rafale France Multirole EH/DH[11] 5 31 on order.[12] [13]
AWACS
Embraer EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C 2[5] Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system - 1 on order[14]
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar - 2 on order[5]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States Surveillance 1[5]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[5]
Gulfstream G100 Israel Surveillance 1125 Astra 2[5]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA[15] 3[5]
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union Aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[5] Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system[16]
Transport
Boeing C-17 United States Strategic airlift 11[5]
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union Strategic airlift Il-76MD 14[5]
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules United States Tactical airlift C-130J-30[17] 11[5]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Transport An-32/32RE 104[5] 42 are 32RE variant[18]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom Transport 57[5]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Transport 228–201[19] 50 4 on order[5]
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3[20]
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[21]
Helicopters
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack LCH 2[22] Total 65 on order[23]
Boeing AH-64 United States Attack AH-64E 22[24]
Mil Mi-24 Russia Attack Mi-24/25/35 15[5]
Mil Mi-17 Russia Utility Mi-17V-5 223[5][25]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 91 20 on order[5]
HAL Rudra India Armed 12 4 more on order[26]
HAL Chetak France Liaison 77[5] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Utility 17[5] License-built version of the SA315B Lama
Boeing CH-47 Chinook United States Transport CH-47F 15[24]
Trainer Aircraft
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic trainer Mk II 75[5]
HAL HTT-40 India Basic trainer 106 on order
HAL Kiran India Intermediate Trainer 78[5]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Advanced jet trainer Hawk 132 104[5]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Conversion trainer IB[2] 30
Mikoyan MiG-21 Soviet Union Conversion trainer U/UM 39[1]
UAV
IAI Harop[27] Israel Loitering munition
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance Heron 1 68[28][29]
IAI Searcher Israel Surveillance Mk. I / II 108[29]
DRDO Lakshya India Target drone 39[30]

Army Aviation Corps

An Army Dhruv at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 109 95 on order[5]
HAL Rudra India Armed 58 2 on order[31]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / utility 4[5] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Liaison / utility 32 14 or order[5]
Boeing AH-64 Apache United States Attack AH-64E(I) 6 on order[32]
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack LCH Total 114 on order[23]
UAV
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance Heron 1 16 on order[27]
IAI Searcher[29] Israel Surveillance Mk. I / II

Naval Air Arm

A Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy
A Kamov Ka-31 helicopter lands on the USS Bunker Hill
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mikoyan MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29K 36[5]
AWACS
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14[5] Employs a planar array radar
Maritime patrol
Boeing P-8 Poseidon United States ASW / maritime patrol P-8I 8 4 more on order[5]
Ilyushin Il-38 Soviet Union ASW / patrol 5[5]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Maritime patrol 228-201[19] 25 12 on order[5]
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander United Kingdom Utility / maritime patrol BN-2B/2T[33] 10[5]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 8 17 on order[5]
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14 4 on order[5]
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / utility Mk.42B/C[34] 31[5] 6 are UH-3H variants
HAL Chetak France Liaison / utility 35 6 on order[5]
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk United States ASW / SAR MH-60R 24 on order[5]
Trainer Aircraft
HAL Kiran India Intermediate jet trainer 20[5]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Advanced jet trainer Hawk 132 17[5]
Mikoyan MiG-29 Russia Operational conversion trainer MiG-29KUB 8[5][35]
UAV
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance Heron 1 [28]
IAI Searcher[29] Israel Surveillance Mk. I / II
DRDO Lakshya Israel Target drone 39[36]

Indian Coast Guard

A Dornier Do-228-101
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
Dornier Do 228 Germany Maritime patrol 101/201[19] 23[37]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility Mk. I 4[38][37] 16 on order.[39]
HAL Chetak India Utility 17[37]

See also

Notes

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