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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. For a list of historical aircraft used by the Indian Military, see list of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Indian Air Force

Type Origin Role Version Number Notes
Sukhoi Su-30MKI Russia
India
Multirole air superiority fighter Su-30MKI 230[1] A total of 272 aircraft on order,[2] All aircraft to be upgraded to Super Sukhoi standards and inducted by 2020.[3]
HAL Tejas India Multirole combat aircraft Mk.1
Trainer
2[4]
1[4]
123 LCA (40 x Mk. 1 + 83 x Mk. 1-A) aircraft to be acquired.[5] Final operational certification (FOC) scheduled for early-mid 2017.[6] 2 Mk.1 aircraft inducted; SP-3 ready for induction. Full squadron of 20 Mk.1 aircraft to be introduced by 2018; improved Mk.1-A to be introduced from 2020-21.[6][7]
Mikoyan MiG-29 USSR Fighter MiG-29UPG 69[8] Air defence fighter. Initial B/UB variants have been upgraded to MiG-29UPG standards[9] To be retired by 2030.[10]
Dassault Mirage 2000 France Multirole fighter M2000H
M2000TH
M2000I/TI
39[8]
9[8]
2[11]
Being upgraded.[12] To be retired by 2030.[3]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK
India
Attack M/S
T
115[8]
30[8][13]
Service-life upgrades to be completed by 2020.[14] Also operated in a naval strike role.[15] To be retired by 2030.[3]
Mikoyan MiG-27ML Bahadur USSR Attack MiG-27ML 87[8] All non-upgraded aircraft to be retired in 2016; remaining aircraft to be retired by 2017-18.[16] To be replaced by HAL Tejas.[3][14][17]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 USSR
India
Fighter MiG21Bison
MiG21MF
245[8] MiG-21MF ("Type 88") and one squadron of upgraded MiG-21 Bisons to be retired by 2017-18.[10][18][19] Remaining 132 aircraft to be retired by 2022.[3][14][20] To be replaced by the HAL Tejas.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III USA Strategic transport C-17 10[8] Total 10 ordered with option for 6 more. Ordered only 3 later with delays in clearing funds for further 3. When funds were cleared, Boeing had only 1 more on its production line.[21]
Ilyushin Il-76MD USSR Strategic transport Il-76MD 17[8]
Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules USA Tactical transport C-130J-30SH 5[8] 7 more on order.[8] This is inclusive of 1 additional aircraft ordered in August 2014 to replace the loss of a crashed C-130J.[22]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 UK
India
Tactical transport HS 748-100 59[8] To be replaced with 56 EADS CASA C-295 aircraft.[23]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Tactical transport An-32
An-32RE
60[8]
40[24]
All to be upgraded to An-32RE standard by 2016 (60 to be upgraded locally and 40 upgraded in Ukraine).
Dornier Do 228 Germany
India
Utility transport Do 228-201 40[8] 14 more ordered in February 2015.[25]
Boeing 737-2A8 Adv USA VIP transport 737-2A8 Adv 1
Boeing 737-700 USA VIP transport 737-700 3
Embraer ERJ 135 Brazil VIP transport ERJ 135 4
Embraer ERJ 145 Brazil VIP transport ERJ 145 4
Ilyushin Il-78 MKI Russia[Note 1] Aerial refueling IL-78MKI 7[8]
Beriev A-50EI Russia[Note 2] AEW&C A-50E/I 3[8] 2 more on order.[8]
Embraer ERJ-145 AEWCS Brazil[Note 3] AEW&C 2 2 currently undergoing testing by DRDO and IAF. 1 more to be delivered.[26]
Gulfstream III USA Electronic warfare IV SRA-4 3[8] Operated by the R&AW, India's external intelligence agency.
Bombardier Global 5000 Canada[Note 4] Reconnaissance Global 5000 2[27] Operated by the R&AW, India's external intelligence agency.
Israel Aircraft Industries Astra Israel Reconnaissance G100 2[8]
BAE Hawk UK
India
Trainer Hawk 132 90[28][29] 15 more to be delivered.[28] Deliveries expected to be complete by the end of 2016.[30]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran India Trainer HJT-16
HJT-16II
81[8] To be phased out by 2017 and eventually be replaced by BAE Hawk (20 Hawks currently on order).[28][31]
Pilatus PC-7 MkII Switzerland Trainer Mk II 75 All aircraft delivered by November 2015.[32] A further 106 may be ordered.[33]
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Trainer STOL 701 85 Ordered 85 aircraft, with options for a further 48 for use by the National Cadet Corps entered service from February 2001.[34]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Trainer SW 80 Garud 2[35][36] Total 72 on order.[37][38]
Mil Mi-35 USSR Attack Mi-35 20[8] Few donated to Afghanistan Armed Forces. To be eventually replaced by Boeing AH-64E Apache.[39]
HAL Rudra India Attack ALH-WSI 7 Total of 38 on order.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack LCH 3 prototypes 65 on order.[8] 3 prototypes delivered.[40]
Mil Mi-26 USSR Transport Mi-26 3[8] Will be complemented by Boeing CH-47 Chinook of which 15 are ordered.
Mil Mi-8 USSR Transport helicopter Mi-8 400+
Mil Mi-17 Russia Transport helicopter Mi-17V5 400+[41] Additional 48 Mi-17V5s may be ordered.[42]
HAL Dhruv India Utility Dhruv 66[43] 65 more on order.[8]
HAL Cheetah India Utility Cheetah 14[8]
HAL Chetak India Utility SA316B
SA319
74[8]

Indian Naval Air Arm

Type Origin Role Version Number[8] Notes
Mikoyan MiG-29K Russia Multirole fighter MiG-29K
MiG-29KUB
45[44] Delivery completed[45]
Boeing P-8 Poseidon USA Patrol P-8I Neptune 8[8] 4 more to be delivered.[46]
Ilyushin Il-38 USSR Patrol Il-38SD 5[8] All five Sea Dragon variants are being overhauled, and will include a further minor upgrade.[47]
Dornier Do 228 Germany
India
Utility Do 228-101
Do 228-201
25[8] 12 more on order [48]
Britten-Norman Turbine-Islander UK Utility BN-2T 8[8]
BAE Hawk UK Trainer Hawk 132 11[49] 6 more to be delivered. A total of 17 on order.[49]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran India Trainer 20[8] To be replaced by the new HAL HJT-36 Sitara.
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Trainer SW 80 Total 12 on order.[37][38]
Kamov Ka-31 Russia Airborne early warning 14[8]
Kamov Ka-28 Russia Anti-submarine warfare Ka-28 (Ka-27PL) 14[8]
Westland Sea King UK Anti-submarine warfare
Transport
Mk42B
Mk42C
22[8]
5[8]
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King USA Transport UH-3H 6[8]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 8[8] 16 more on order.[8][50]
HAL Chetak India Utility SA316B
SA319
30[8]

Army Aviation Corps

Type Origin Role Version Number[8] Notes
HAL Rudra India Attack ALH-WSI 20 40 more on order.[51]
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack LCH Prototypes are being built 114 on order.[8]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 78[43] Total of 151 on order.[8]
HAL Cheetah India Utility Cheetah 23[8] Being replaced by HAL Cheetal and Lancer.
HAL Cheetal India Utility Cheetal 4 Hal Cheetah manufactured with HAL Turbomecca TM 333-2M2 Shakti engine.
HAL Lancer India Attack Lancer 12 Armed version of HAL Cheetal.
HAL Chetak India Utility Chetak 4[8] Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.
HAL Chetan India Utility Chetan 4[8] Hal Chetak manufacture with HAL Turbomecca TM 333-2M2 Shakti engine.

Indian Coast Guard

Type Origin Role Version Number Notes
Dornier Do 228 India Germany Reconnaissance Maritime 38 Being upgraded.
HAL Dhruv India Utility 4 16 more ordered.[50]
HAL Chetak India Utility Chetak 18 Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.

NCC Air Wing

Type Origin Role Version Number Notes
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Trainer STOL CH 701 AC 85[52]
Pipistrel Virus SW 80 Slovenia Trainer Virus SW 80 Total 110 on order.[37][38]

Border Security Force

Type Origin Role Version Number Notes
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 UK
India
Tactical transport HS 748-100 2 As of 2009.[53]
Beechcraft Super King Air USA Utility aircraft B200 1 crashed in December 2015

[53]

Embraer ERJ 135 Brazil VIP transport Embraer-135 J 2 As of 2009.[54]
HAL Dhruv India Utility helicopter 8 As of 2009.[53]
Mil Mi-17 USSR
Russia
Transport helicopter Mi-17
Mi-17V5
6
2
As of 2009.[53]
As of 2014.[55]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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

Type Class Role Version Number Notes
IAI Harpy Israel Attack 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 Israel UAV Attack 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 Israel Heron I
Heron II
50+ In service with Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. 15 more ordered in December 2013.
IAI Searcher Israel Searcher II
Searcher I
100+ In service with the Indian Army.
DRDO Nishant India 12+ In service with the Indian Army.
DRDO Lakshya India Aerial target 39 A small target drone in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[56]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Assembled in Uzbekistan, with Israeli designed fuel-transfer system.
  2. ^ With Israeli EL/W-2090 radar system.
  3. ^ With Indian radar system.
  4. ^ Fitted with Israeli radars.

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