List of active Indian military aircraft

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The following 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 historical aircraft used by the Indian Military, see list of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Indian Air Force[edit]

Further information: Indian Air Force
Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[1] Comment
Fighter aircraft (575)
Sukhoi Su-30MKI SU-30MKI-g4sp - edit 2(clipped).jpg  Russia
Multirole air superiority fighter Su-30MKI 205[2] Total of 272 on order (to be delivered by 2018-2019).[3]All aircraft to be upgraded to Super Sukhoi standards.
HAL Tejas LCA Tejas.jpg  India Multirole fighter Mk.I
9 9 delivered with 39 more on order.[3] A total of 294 Mk.I and Mk.II aircraft may be ordered to equip 14 squadrons replacing the MiG-21 and MiG-27.[4]

The first aircraft entered service on 17 January 2015, with FOC expected by late 2015 and first full squadron operational by 2017-2018.[5]

Mikoyan MiG-29 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG Fulcrum, India - Air Force JP7677166.jpg  Soviet Union Air superiority fighter MiG-29 (9.12B)
Being upgraded to MiG-29UPG standard, the first six were upgraded in Russia. Remaining aircraft to be upgraded by HAL.[7]
Dassault Mirage 2000 Indian Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000.JPG  France Multirole fighter M2000H
Being upgraded. To remain operational until 2040.[3]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Sheeju mig21.JPG  Soviet Union
Fighter aircraft MiG21Bis
245[1] MiG-21M/MF ("Type 88") to be retired in 2015. Being replaced by the HAL Tejas.[9] Remaining 150 aircraft, including upgraded MiG-21 Bisons, to be phased out by 2022 or 2025.[10][3]
Ground-attack aircraft (229)
SEPECAT Jaguar IAF Jaguar.jpg  United Kingdom
Ground-attack aircraft M/S
Service-life upgrades to be completed by 2020.[3] Also operated in a naval strike role.[12]
MiG-27 Bahadur MiG-27 from No.18 Squad, Kalaikunda.jpg  Soviet Union Ground-attack aircraft MiG-27ML 85[1] All non-upgraded aircraft to be retired by March 2016, with remaining aircraft to be retired by 2018. To be replaced by HAL Tejas.[3][13]
Transport aircraft (242)
C-17 Globemaster IAF-C-17.jpg  United States Strategic transport C-17 9[1] 1 more on order, may order a further 6.[1]
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid Indian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD SDS-2.jpg  Soviet Union Strategic transport Il-76MD 17[1]
C-130J Super Hercules C-130 j.jpg  United States Tactical transport C-130J-30SH 5[1] 6 more on order.[1] An additional 1 aircraft was ordered in August 2014 to replace the loss of a crashed C-130J.[14]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Indian Air Force Hindustan HAL-748 Srs2M-LFD Vyas-1.jpg  United Kingdom
Tactical transport HS 748-100 59[1] To be replaced with 56 EADS CASA C-295 aircraft.[15]
Antonov An-32 Cline Antonov An-32RE, India - Air Force AN1877310.jpg  Soviet Union Tactical transport An-32
All to be upgraded to An-32RE standard by 2016. To be eventually replaced by UAC/HAL Il-214[16]
Dornier Do 228 Indian Air Force Dornier 228 SDS-2.jpg  Germany
Utility transport Do 228-201 40[1] 14 more ordered in February 2015.[17]
Boeing 737 Indian Air Force Boeing 737-200 SDS-2.jpg  United States VIP transport 737-200 ADV
Embraer 135,145 Indian Air Force Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy SDS-1.jpg  Brazil VIP transport ERJ 135
Special-mission aircraft (19)
Ilyushin Il-78 MKI Il-78MKI.jpeg  Russia[Note 1] Aerial refueling IL-78MKI 7[1]
Beriev A-50 Phalcon Beriev A-50EI Mainstay2009.jpg  Russia[Note 2] AEW&C A-50E/I 3[1] 2 more on order.[1]
EMB-145 AEWCS DRDO AEW&C Embraer ERJ 145.JPG  Brazil[Note 3] AEW&C 2 2 currently undergoing testing by DRDO and IAF. 1 more to be delivered.[19]
Gulfstream III GULFSTREAM g450 photo D Ramey Logan.jpg  United States Electronic-warfare aircraft IV SRA-4 3[1] Operated by the R&AW, India's external intelligence agency.
Bombardier 5000 2010-07-08 BD700 Tyrolean OE-IGS EDDF 03.jpg  Canada[Note 4] Reconnaissance aircraft Global 5000 2[20] Operated by the R&AW, India's external intelligence agency.
IAI Astra Israel Aircraft Industries 1125 Astra SPX D-CRIS in DUS.jpg  Israel Reconnaissance aircraft G100 Astra 2[1]
Trainer aircraft (226)
BAE Hawk British Aerospace Hawk 132 India Air Force ZK130 (2949445028).jpg  United Kingdom
Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 90 [21][22] 15 more to be delivered.[21] Deliveries expected to be complete by the end of 2016.[23]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL Kiran Aero India-2007.jpg  India Trainer aircraft HJT-16
81[1] To be phased out by 2017 and eventually be replaced by BAE Hawk (20 Hawks currently on order).[21][24]
Pilatus PC-7 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II of Indian Air Force en route to Dundigal AFA, Hyderabad.PNG   Switzerland Trainer aircraft Mk II 55[25] 20 more to be delivered.[25] A further 106 may be ordered.[25]
Helicopters (389)
Mil Mi-35 Hind-E Indian Air Force Mil Mi-35 Lofting-1.jpg  Soviet Union Attack helicopter Mi-35 20[1] To be eventually replaced by Boeing AH-64D Apache.[26]
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 7 Total of 38 on order.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter HAL LCH at Aero india 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter LCH 3 65 on order.[1] 3 prototypes delivered.[27]
Mil Mi-26 Halo Mil Mi-26 at the MAKS-2013 (01).jpg  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-26 3[1] Will be complemented by Boeing CH-47 Chinook of which 15 is being ordered.
Mil Mi-8
IAF Mi 17 V5 at Aero India 2013.JPG  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-8
222[1] 34 more Mi-17V5s to be delivered.[1]
HAL Dhruv Indian air force dhruv helicopter j4042 arp.jpg  India Utility helicopter Dhruv 46[1] 65 more on order.[1]
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  India Utility helicopter Cheetal 14[1]
HAL Chetak Indian HAL Chetak landing on USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) in July 2014.JPG  India Utility helicopter SA316B

Indian Naval Air Arm[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[1] Comment
Fighter aircraft (33)
Mikoyan MiG-29K MiG-29K on the MAKS-2009 (01).jpg  Russia Multirole fighter MiG-29K
33[28] 12 more on order.[28]
Ground-attack aircraft (11)
BAE Sea Harrier Harrier IN Malabar 07.jpg  United Kingdom[Note 5] Strike aircraft (V/STOL) FRS51
To be removed from service once INS Viraat is decommissioned in February 2016.[29]
Maritime patrol aircraft (19)
Boeing P-8 Poseidon Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy.jpg  United States Maritime patrol aircraft P-8I Neptune 6[1] 2 more to be delivered.[1] Possibly up to 16 more to be ordered.[1]
Tupolev Tu-142 Tupolev Tu-142 Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Tu-142M 8[1] Being modernised in Russia.[30]
Ilyushin Il-38 Ilyushin Il-38SD Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Il-38SD 5[1] All five Sea Dragon variants are being overhauled, and will include a further minor upgrade.[31]
Utility aircraft (33)
Dornier Do 228 Dornier Do-228 of Indian Navy.JPG  Germany
Utility aircraft Do 228-101
Do 228-201
Britten-Norman Islander Islander aircraft of INAS 550.JPG  United Kingdom Utility aircraft BN-2 8[1]
Trainer aircraft (37)
BAE Hawk BAE Hawk of Indian Navy.jpg  United Kingdom Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 17[21] 6 more to be delivered.[21]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL HJT-16 Kiran of Indian Navy.JPG  India Trainer aircraft 20[1] To be replaced by the new HAL HJT-36 Sitara.
Helicopters (101)
Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B Kamov Ka-31 of Indian Navy.JPG  Russia Airborne early warning 14[1]
Kamov Ka-28 (Helix-A) Malabar 2012 IN Ka-31.jpg  Russia Anti-submarine warfare Ka-27PL (Helix-A) 14[1] 4 more on order.[1][32]
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
Transport helicopter
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King UH 3H of Indian Navy.jpg  United States Transport helicopter UH-3H 8[1]
HAL Dhruv HAL Dhruv of Indian Navy 2.JPG  India Utility helicopter 8[1] 16 more on order.[1]
HAL Chetak HAL Chetak on-deck slithering ops.JPG  India Utility helicopter SA316B

Army Aviation Corps[edit]

Further information: Army Aviation Corps (India)
Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[1] Comment
Helicopters (136)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 20 40 more on order.[33]
HAL Light Combat Helicopter LCH TD2 Front.jpg  India Attack helicopter LCH 114 on order.[1]
HAL Dhruv IA-1136 HAL Dhruv (Indian Army).jpg  India Utility helicopter 73[1] Total of 151 on order.[1]
HAL Cheetah, Cheetal & Lancer Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  India Utility helicopter
Utility helicopter
18 more Cheetal on order replacing the older Cheetah.[1]
HAL Chetak & Chetan Z395 Aerospatiale Alouette III Indian Air Force (8448378722).jpg  India Utility helicopter Chetak 4[1] Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.

Indian Coast Guard[edit]

Further information: Indian Coast Guard
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 Do 228-101 38
Helicopters (22)
HAL Dhruv  India Utility helicopter 4[34] 16 more ordered in July 2014.[34]
HAL Chetak CG816 (13992244674).jpg  India Utility helicopter Chetak 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
IAI Harpy Paris Air Show 2007-06-24 n25.jpg  Israel UCAV 5+ 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 UCAV 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 UAV Heron I
Heron II
50+ In service with Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. 15 more ordered in December 2013.
IAI Searcher Pair of IN Searcher UAVs.JPG  Israel UAV Searcher II
Searcher I
100+ In service with the Indian Army.
DRDO Nishant Nishant UAV.JPG  India UAV 12+ In service with the Indian Army.
DRDO Lakshya Lakshya PTA.JPG  India Target drone 39 A small target drone in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[35]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ With Israeli EL/W-2090 radar system.
  3. ^ With Indian radar system.
  4. ^ Fitted with Israeli radars.
  5. ^ Fitted with Israeli EL/M-2032 radar and Rafael ooDerby Beyond-visual-range missile.


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