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.

Air Force[edit]

A Su-30MKI
A C-130J Hercules on approach
An-32 in Leh Airbase
A Mil Mi-17 helicopter
An Ilyushin Il-78MKI at RIAT 2007
Netra AEW&C on Embraer ERJ 145 platform
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-21 Russia Fighter bis/Bison[1] 244[2]
MiG-27 Russia Ground attack ML 84[2]
MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29UPG[3] 66[2]
HAL Tejas India Multirole Mk.1 9[4] 31 on order[5]
Mirage 2000 France Multirole 2000 H/I 41[6][7]
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia Multirole Su-30MKI 233 39 on order[8]
Dassault Rafale France Multirole B/C 36 on order[2]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / India Ground attack IM/IS[9] 92[10]
AWACS
EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C Netra[11] 2 Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system - 1 on order[12]
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar - 4 on order[2]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States Reconnaissance 1[2]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[2] Operated under R&AW
Gulfstream G100 Israel Surveillance 1125 Astra 2[2]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 72 on order[13]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA[14] 3[2] Operated under R&AW
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union Aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[12] Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system[15]
Transport
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3[16]
Boeing C-17 United States Strategic airlifter 10[2] 1 more on order[17]
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union Strategic airlifter Il-76MD 14[18]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Transport An-32/32RE 104[2] 42 are 32RE variant[19]
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[20]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Transport 228-201[21] 40 14 on order[2]
C-130J Super Hercules United States Tactical airlifter C-130J-30[22] 11[2]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 India Transport 57[2]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia Utility Mi-17V-5 149[23][24][25]
Mil Mi-24 Russia Attack Mi-35[26] 15[2]
Mil Mi-26 Russia Heavy Lift 3[2]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 75 35 on order[2] - eight are Rudra variants[27]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 76[2] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Liaison 16[2] License-built version of the SA315B Lama
Boeing AH-64 United States Attack AH-64E 22 on order[2]
CH-47 Chinook United States Transport / Utility CH-47F 15 on order[2]
Trainer Aircraft
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 104[2]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 80[2]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Conversion trainer IB[9] 26[10]
Mirage 2000 France Conversion trainer 2000 TH/TI 8[6][7]
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic trainer Mk II 75[2]
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Basic trainer 85[28]

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 140 22 are the Rudra variant.[27] - 124 on order[2]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 4[2] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Liaison 30 16 on order[2]

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/KUB 45[29]
AWACS
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14[2] Employs a planar array radar[30]
Reconnaissance
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 2[31] 10 on order[13]
Maritime patrol
Boeing P-8 United States ASW / Patrol P-8I 8 4 on order[2]
Ilyushin Il-38 Soviet Union ASW / Patrol Il-38SD[32] 5[2]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Surveillance 228-201[21] 25 12 on order[2]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom Utility / Patrol BN-2B/2T[33] 11[2]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 8 17 on order[2][34]
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14 4 on order[2]
SH-3 Sea King United States SAR / Utility UH-3H 8[2]
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / Utility Mk.42B/C[35] 25[2]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 34 7 on order[2]
Trainer Aircraft
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 17[2]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 20[2]

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[21] 23[36]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility Mk. I 4[37][36] 16 Mk. III on order.[38]
HAL Chetak India Utility 17[36]


NCC Air Wing[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Trainer Aircraft
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Trainer AC 85[28]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 2[39] 108 on order[13]

Border Security Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Transport
Embraer ERJ 135 Brazil VIP transport 135BJ 1[40]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom Tactical transport 2[40]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia Transport helicopter Mi-17-1V
Mi-17V5
6
5
Total 8 Mi-17V5 on order[40]
HAL Dhruv India Utility helicopter 6[40]
HAL Cheetah India Utility helicopter 1[40]

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 Operated by Indian Air Force[41]
IAI Heron Israel Patrol Heron 1 68[42] Operated by all three services.[43] 16 on order for Indian Army[41]
IAI Searcher Israel Patrol Mk. I / II 108[42] Operated by all three services.[43]
DRDO Lakshya India Aerial target 39 In service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[44]

See also[edit]

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