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 or on order with the Indian Armed Forces. 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]

A Su-30MKI
HAL Tejas
Netra AEW&C on Embraer ERJ 145 platform
A C-130J Hercules on approach
A Mil Mi-17 helicopter
An Ilyushin Il-78MKI at RIAT 2007
CH-47F Chinook at Chandigarh airbase
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Fighter Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union Multirole Bison 112[1][2][3]
MiG-29 Soviet Union Multirole MiG-29UPG[4] 66[5]
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia Multirole Su-30MKI 249[1] Total 272 on order[6]
HAL Tejas India Multirole Mk 1 16 24 on order[7]
Mirage 2000 France Multirole 2000 H/I 41[8][9]
Dassault Rafale France Multirole EH/DH[10] 36 on order[5]
Attack Aircraft
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Ground attack IM/IS[11] 91[12][13]
MiG-27 Soviet Union Ground attack MiG-27ML 43[5][14]
Trainer Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union Conversion trainer U/UM 39[1]
MiG-23 Soviet Union Conversion trainer MiG-23UB 14[5]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Conversion trainer IB[11] 26[12]
Mirage 2000 France Conversion trainer 2000 TH/TI 7[8][9][15]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 104[5]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 79[5]
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic trainer Mk II 75[5]
AWACS
EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C Netra[16] 2 Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system - 1 on order[17]
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar[5]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States Reconnaissance 1[5]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[5] Operated under R&AW
Gulfstream G100 Israel Surveillance 1125 Astra 2[5]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 72 on order[18]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA[19] 3[5] Operated under R&AW
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union Aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[17] Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system[20]
Transport
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3[21]
Boeing C-17 United States Strategic airlifter 10 1 on order[5]
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union Strategic airlifter Il-76MD 14[22]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Transport An-32/32RE 104[5] 46 are 32RE variant[23][24]
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[25]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Transport 228-201[26] 48 6 on order[5]
C-130J Super Hercules United States Tactical airlifter C-130J-30[27] 11[5]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 UK Transport 57[5]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia Utility  
Mi-17-1V
Mi-17V-5
35[1]
45[1]
148[1][28]
CH-47 Chinook United States Transport / Utility CH-47F(I) 6[29] Total 15 on order[5]
Mil Mi-26 Russia Heavy Lift 3[5]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 83 28 on order[5] - eight are Rudra variants[30]
HAL Chetak France / India Liaison / Utility 77[5] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah France / India Liaison 17[5] License-built version of the SA315B Lama
Mil Mi-24 Russia Attack Mi-35[31] 17[5]
Boeing AH-64 United States Attack AH-64E(I)[32] 1[32] 21 on order[5]

Army Aviation Corps[edit]

An Army Dhruv at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 145[5] 22 are the Rudra variant.[30] - 119 on order[5]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 4[5] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Liaison 32 14 on order[5]

Naval Air Arm[edit]

A Mig-29K of the Indian Navy
A Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy
An Indian Navy Sea king
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29K 36[5]
AWACS
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14[5] Employs a planar array radar[33]
Reconnaissance
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 2[34] 10 on order[18]
Maritime Patrol
Boeing P-8 United States ASW / Patrol P-8I 8 4 on order[5]
Ilyushin Il-38 Soviet Union ASW / Patrol Il-38SD[35] 5[5]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Surveillance 228-201[26] 25 12 on order[5]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom Utility / Patrol BN-2B/2T[36] 11[5]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 8 33 on order[5]
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14 4 on order[5]
SH-3 Sea King United States SAR / Utility UH-3H 8[5]
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / Utility Mk.42B/C[37] 25[5]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 34 7 on order[5]
Trainer Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia Conversion trainer MiG-29KUB 9[5]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 17[5]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 20[5]

Indian Coast Guard[edit]

A Dornier Do-228-101
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
Dornier Do 228 Germany Reconnaissance 101/201[26] 23[1]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility Mk. I 4[38][1] 16 Mk. III on order.[39][40]
HAL Chetak India Utility 17[1]

NCC Air Wing[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Trainer Aircraft
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Trainer AC 85[41]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 2[42] 108 on order[18]

Border Security Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Transport
Embraer ERJ 135 Brazil VIP transport 135BJ 1[43]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom Tactical transport 2[43]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia Transport helicopter Mi-17-1V
Mi-17V5
6
5
Total 8 Mi-17V5 on order[43]
HAL Dhruv India Utility helicopter 6[43]
HAL Cheetah India Utility helicopter 1[43]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles[edit]

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

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
IAI Harop Israel Attack 110[44] Operated by Indian Air Force[45]
IAI Heron Israel Patrol Heron 1 68[46] Operated by all three services.[47] 16 on order for Indian Army[45]
IAI Searcher Israel Patrol Mk. I / II 108[46] Operated by all three services.[47]
DRDO Lakshya India Aerial target 39 In service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[48]

See also[edit]

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