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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

Further information: 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]
Tupolev Tu-142 USSR Patrol Tu-142M 8[8] Expected to be decommissioned in March 2017 [47]
Ilyushin Il-38 USSR Patrol Il-38SD 5[8] All five Sea Dragon variants are being overhauled, and will include a further minor upgrade.[48]
Dornier Do 228 Germany
India
Utility Do 228-101
Do 228-201
25[8] 12 more on order [49]
Britten-Norman Turbine-Islander UK Utility BN-2T 8[8]
BAE Hawk UK Trainer Hawk 132 11[50] 6 more to be delivered. A total of 17 on order.[50]
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]
HAL Chetak India Utility SA316B
SA319
30[8]

Army Aviation Corps

Further information: Army Aviation Corps (India)
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

Further information: Indian Coast Guard
Type Origin Role Version Number Notes
Dornier Do 228 India Germany Reconnaissance Maritime 38 Being upgraded.
HAL Dhruv India Utility 4 More Being ordered.
HAL Chetak India Utility Chetak 18 Being withdrawn from service and replaced by HAL Dhruv.

NCC Air Wing

Further information: National Cadet Corps (India)
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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