List of active Indian military aircraft

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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 (Flightglobal.com). For a list of Previous Aircraft used by the Indian Military see List of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Indian Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[1] Comment
Fighter aircraft (570)
Sukhoi Su-30MKI SU-30MKI-g4sp - edit 2(clipped).jpg  Russia
 India
Air superiority fighter Su-30MKI 194[2] Total 272 on order (to be delivered by 2018).[3] All aircraft to be upgraded to "Super Sukhoi" status. Upgrades would include AESA radar among other things.
HAL FGFA PAK FA T 50 compressor stall on MAKS 2011.jpg  Russia
 India
Air superiority fighter T-50 FGFA 3 Total 144[4] on order (to begin delivery by 2016).
Mikoyan MiG-29 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG Fulcrum, India - Air Force JP7677166.jpg  Soviet Union Air superiority fighter MiG-29 (9.12B)
MiG-29UPG
59
3[5]
To be Upgraded to MiG-29UPG Standard.[6]
HAL Tejas LCA Tejas.jpg  India Multirole fighter Mark I
Trainer
8 8 delivered with 40 more on order.[7][8] Total 294 Mk I and Mk II aircraft may be ordered to equip 14 squadrons to replace the MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleets.[9]
Dassault Mirage 2000 Dassault Mirage 2000.jpg  France Multirole fighter M2000H
TH
49[10] 59 Mirage 2000's including 10 trainers were acquired.[11] The current fleet of 49 will be upgraded to Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 standard between 2011 and 2020.[12]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Sheeju mig21.JPG  Soviet Union
 India
Fighter aircraft MiG21Bis
MiG21Bison
MiG21M/MF
254[13] 125 Upgraded Bisons to be phased out by 2025.[14] Mig-21 FL was phased out in December 2013.[15]
Ground-attack aircraft (227)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 Bahadur Mig-27.jpg  Soviet Union Ground-attack aircraft MiG-27ML 79 To be phased out by 2017.[16]
SEPECAT Jaguar IAF Jaguar.jpg  France
 United Kingdom
Ground-attack aircraft M/S
T
117
31
Undergoing upgrades to prolong service life.[1]
Transport aircraft (228)
C-17 Globemaster IAF-C-17.jpg  United States Strategic transport Globemaster III 5 5 more on order.[17]
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid Indian Air Force IL-76 .JPG  Soviet Union Strategic transport Il-76MD 17
C-130J Super Hercules C-130 J.jpg  United States Tactical transport C-130J 5 6 more ordered in December 2013.[18][19]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Indian Air Force Hindustan HAL-748 Srs2M-LFD Vyas-1.jpg  United Kingdom
 India
Tactical transport HS 748-100 58 To be replaced under a $2.4 billion program.[20]
Antonov An-32 Cline Antonov An-32RE, India - Air Force AN1983739.jpg  Soviet Union Light tactical transport An-32 96 A light, short ranged tactical transport. Currently being upgraded in Ukraine to prolong service life.
Boeing 737 Indian Air Force Boeing 737-200 SDS-2.jpg  United States Airliner (passenger) B 737-200 4 One 737-200 ADV and Three 737-700 BBJ1 used for VIP transport[21][22]
Dornier Do 228 Indian Air Force Dornier 228 SDS-2.jpg  Germany
 India
Utility transport Do 228-201 40
IAI Astra 1125

Israel Aircraft Industries 1125 Astra SPX D-CRIS in DUS.jpg

 Israel VIP transport 1125 Astra 2
Special-mission aircraft (23)
Beriev A-50 Phalcon Beriev A-50EI Mainstay2009.jpg  Israel
 Russia
Airborne early warning & control A-50E/I 3 2 more on order.
EMB-145 AEWCS DRDO AEW&C Embraer ERJ 145.JPG  Brazil
 India
Airborne early warning & control 1 3 ordered, with one delivered. Undergoing testing by DRDO and IAF. All 3 expected to be in service by 2015.[23][24][25]
Ilyushin Il-78 MKI Il-78MKI.jpeg  Russia[Note 1] Aerial refueling IL-78MKI 7
Gulfstream III

C-20 Gulfstream.gif

 United States Reconnaissance IV SRA-4 3
Training aircraft (179)
BAE Hawk British Aerospace Hawk 132 India Air Force ZK130 (2949445028).jpg  United Kingdom
 India
Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 70 53 more on order.[26]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL Kiran Aero India-2007.jpg  India Trainer aircraft[27] HJT-16
HJT-16II
81 To be phased out by 2017.[27]
Pilatus PC-7 SilverFalcons5.jpg   Switzerland Trainer aircraft Mk II 28[27] 75 ordered, with a possible order for another 37,[28] and a follow up order of an additional 100.[27]
HAL HPT-32 Deepak HAL Deepak.jpg  India Trainer aircraft Current fleet of around 70 aircraft grounded. Being replaced by Pilatus PC-7 trainer aircraft, of which 75 have been ordered.[27]
Helicopters (395)
HAL Rudra Hal Rudra HAL to hand over 2 Rudra helicopters to Indian Army during Aero India 2013.jpg  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 4 Total of 16 on order.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter LCH (HEMANT RAWAT ) (2).JPG  India Attack helicopter LCH 2 65 on order.
Boeing AH-64 Apache AH-64D Apache Longbow.jpg  United States Attack helicopter AH-64E 22 [4] 22 to be ordered negotiations in final stage, deal to be signed post election in 2014.
Mil Mi-35 Hind-E Mi-35 Hind Akbar.jpg  Soviet Union Military helicopter Mi-35 20 Due to be replaced with Boeing AH-64 Apache post-2014 .
Mi-17 IAF Mi 17 V5 at Aero India 2013.JPG  Soviet Union Military helicopter Mi-17
Mi-17V5
80 19 Mi-17V5 delivered by February 2014, of the total 59 ordered for the Air Force in December 2012.[29]
Mil Mi-8 IAF Mi-8.JPEG  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-8 107
Mil Mi-26 Halo

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 Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-26 3 Will be complemented by Boeing CH-47 Chinook of which 15 is being ordered.
AgustaWestland AW101

Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter MOD 45155806.jpg

 Italy Transport helicopter AW101 3 12 originally planned, however deal was cancelled in January 2014 due to corruption charges.
HAL Dhruv IA-1136 HAL Dhruv (Indian Army).jpg  India Utility helicopter Dhruv 47 65 more on order.
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  France
 India
Utility helicopter SA 315B
Cheetal
24[30]
10
HAL Chetak

Chetak(070407-N-4953E-002).jpg

 France
 India
Utility helicopter SA-316B 73

Indian Naval Air Arm[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[31] Comment
Fighter aircraft (57)
Mikoyan MiG-29K MiG-29K of INAS 303 1.jpg  Russia Multirole fighter MiG-29K
MiG-29KUB
37
8
All are delivered
HAL Tejas LCA Tejas.jpg  India Multirole fighter Mark II
Trainer
8
BAE Sea Harrier Harrier land Malabar 2007.jpg  United Kingdom[Note 2] Fighter aircraft FRS51
T4
10
2
V/STOL
Patrol aircraft (16)
Boeing P-8 Poseidon Boeing P-8I of the Indian Navy.jpg  United States Maritime patrol aircraft P-8I Neptune 3 9 more on order.[32][33][34]
Tupolev Tu-142 Tupolev Tu-142 Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Tu-142M 8 Being replaced by 12 Boeing P-8 Poseidon.
Ilyushin Il-38 May Ilyushin Il-38SD Krivchikov 2007.jpg  Soviet Union Maritime patrol aircraft Il-38SD 5
Utility aircraft (26)
Dornier Do 228 Dornier Do-228 of Indian Navy.JPG  Germany
 India
Utility aircraft Do 228-101
Do 228-201
1
25
6 more on order.[1]
Trainer aircraft (12)
BAE Hawk BAE Hawk of Indian Navy.jpg  United Kingdom Trainer aircraft Hawk 132 4 13 more on order.[26]
HAL HJT-16 Kiran HAL HJT-16 Kiran of Indian Navy.JPG  India Trainer aircraft 8
Helicopters (125)
Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B Kamov Ka-31 of Indian Navy.JPG  Russia Airborne early warning 9
Westland Sea King SeaKing Mk42B Indian Navy 2005.JPG  United Kingdom Anti-submarine warfare
Search & Rescue, utility transport
22
5
[1]
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King UH 3H of Indian Navy.jpg  United States Anti-submarine warfare, utility transport UH-3H 8 [4]
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone Kamov Ka - 25 Helicopter.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-submarine warfare 7 [1]
Kamov Ka-28 Helix-A Malabar 2012 IN Ka-31.jpg  Russia Anti-submarine warfare 13 [1]
HAL Chetak Indian Navy Chetak.jpg  France
 India
Utility helicopter SA316B
SA319
30
25
HAL Dhruv HAL Dhruv of Indian Navy 2.JPG  India Utility helicopter 8 More on order.[35]

Army Aviation Corps (India)[edit]

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Number[31] Comment
Helicopters (210)
HAL Rudra HAL Rudra at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter ALH-WSI 20 Total of 60 on order, first 20 to be delivered by 2013.[36]
HAL Light Combat Helicopter HAL LCH at Aero india 2013.JPG  India Attack helicopter LCH 114 on order.
HAL Lancer Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  France
 India
Light attack helicopter 12 Developed from HAL Cheetah.
Mi-17V Hip

Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17-IV SDS-1.jpg

 Soviet Union Transport Helicopter 6
HAL Dhruv Indian Army Dhruv Helicopter at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Utility helicopter 64 160 on order.[1]
HAL Chetak

RAN-IFR 2013 D3 172.JPG

 France
 India
Utility helicopter SA 316B Chetak 60 To be replaced.
HAL Cheetah Indian Army's HAL Cheetah at Leh cropped.JPG  France
 India
Utility helicopter SA 315B Cheetah
HAL Cheetal
48 To be replaced. 22 HAL Cheetal on order[37]

Indian Coast Guard[edit]

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
 Germany
Maritime surveillance, search and rescue Do 228-101 38 By 31 July 2013.[38]
Helicopters (27)
HAL Dhruv Indian Army Dhruv Helicopter at Aero India 2013.JPG  India Utility helicopter 9
HAL Chetak Cost Guard Helicopter Chowpatty.jpg  India
 France
Utility helicopter 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
Unmanned aerial vehicles
IAI Harpy Paris Air Show 2007-06-24 n25.jpg  Israel Unmanned combat air vehicle 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 Unmanned combat air vehicle 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 Unmanned aerial vehicle Heron I
Heron II
50+ In service with Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. 15 more ordered in December 2013.
DRDO Lakshya Lakshya PTA.JPG  India Target drone 39 A small target drone in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[39]
DRDO Nishant Nishant UAV.JPG  India Unmanned aerial vehicle 12+ In service with the Indian Army.
IAI Searcher Pair of IN Searcher UAVs.JPG  Israel Unmanned aerial vehicle Searcher II
Searcher I
100+ In service with the Indian Army.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Assembled in Uzbekistan, with Israeli designed fuel-transfer system.
  2. ^ Fitted with Israeli EL/M-2032 radar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "World Air Forces 2014". Flightglobal.com
  2. ^ Hackett, James (2013). The Military Balance 2013, Chapter 6 - Asia. Oxfordshire: Routledge, IISS. p. 301. ISBN 978-1857436808.  As of March 2013.
  3. ^ http://indrus.in/news/2014/02/24/india_hopes_to_put_272_russias_su-30mki_fighters_into_service_by_2018_33285.html
  4. ^ a b c "World Air Forces 2014". Flightglobal Insight. 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/russia-delivers-3-upgraded-mig29s-to-india/article4185028.ece
  6. ^ "Russia tests upgraded MiG fighter jet for India | Defense | RIA Novosti". En.rian.ru. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Tejas Fires Missile, Clears Final Test; Big Step in Bangalore on December 20". The New Indian Express. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tejas LCA sprints towards IAF's frontline squadron". Business Standard. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Shukla, Ajai (11 February 2014). "IAF will buy 14 Tejas squadrons, lowering costs". Business Standard. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "First upgraded Mirage fighter for IAF undergoes flight test". brahmand.com. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fighters - Mirage to Rafale". SP's Aviation. February 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "India approves $2.4 billion French Mirage jet upgrade". Dawn. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  13. ^ "MIG-21 Aircraft". PIB. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "IAF Transformation: Happening but delay on MMRCA is worrying". India Strategic. October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  15. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mig-21-fl-phase-out-plan-iaf-supersonic-era-kailaikunda-nak-browne/1/328374.html
  16. ^ "IAF planning to phase out MiG-27 combat planes by 2017". Indian Express. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Achievements of Ministry of Defence During the Year 2013 (Dec 19, 2013)
  18. ^ "India to buy 6 more Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport planes for its Air Force". December 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "IAF C 130J crashes at Gwalior.". March 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ "India clears $2.4 billion plan to buy cargo planes for Air Force". Daily News & Analysis. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Boeing 737". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "IAF - Our strength". Indian Air Force. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Second Brazilian plane with Indian AEW&C System flown". The Hindu. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Second Embraer Plane with Indian AEW&C Tested Successfully". Defence Now. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Aero India 2013: IAF aims to conquer the skies". India Today. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Indian Navy receives first Hawk Jet Trainer". The Hindu Business Line. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c d e "Pilatus PC-7 gives boost to IAF Academy". The Hindu. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  28. ^ Pilatus joins IAF pilot training squad
  29. ^ "First batch of Mi-17 V-5 helicopters delivered to India". IndRus.in. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  30. ^ Nothing But The Very Ancient For India - Strategypage.com, 15 March 2013
  31. ^ a b "Indian military aviation 2012 OrBat". Milaviapress.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  32. ^ Navy receives first of P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft
  33. ^ "Navy Inducts Boeing Poseidon-8I to Tighten Coastal Security". May 16, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Boeing Delivers 2nd P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to Indian Navy". November 15, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Indian Navy Commissions First Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) Squadron". November 12, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Army gets attack helicopters as India eyes China threat". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  37. ^ Upgraded HAL Cheetal Helicopters for Indian Army - Armedforces-International.com, 19 December 2012
  38. ^ "Coastguard inducts fourth Dornier for coastal surveillance". PTI. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  39. ^ "Hindustan Aeronautics Limited delivers 'Lakshya-1' aircraft to Bharat Dynamics Limited". Indian Express. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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