List of active Indian military aircraft

Summary

This article provides the list of active Indian military aircraft currently in service or on order with the Indian Armed Forces. For a list of historical military aircraft used by the Indian military, see list of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

Air Force

IAF Rafale take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France.
A Su-30MKI
Netra AEW&C on Embraer ERJ 145 platform
A C-130J Hercules on approach
A Mil Mi-17 helicopter
An AH-64 Apache
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Dassault Rafale France Multirole EH/DH[1] 33[2] 3 to be delivered.[3]
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia Multirole Su-30MKI 260[4][5] [6]
HAL Tejas India Multirole Mk.1 24[7][8] 8 (Mk.1) / 73 (Mk.1A ) on order[9][10]
MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29UPG[11] 65[12]
Mirage 2000 France Multirole 2000 H/I 45[13]
SEPECAT Jaguar United Kingdom Ground attack IM/IS[14] 130[12] 60 Upgraded with a EL/M-2052 radar.[15]
MiG-21 Soviet Union Interceptor Bison 128[12]
AWACS
EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C Netra 2[12] Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system [16]
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3[12] Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar – 2 on order[12]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States Surveillance 1[12]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[12]
Gulfstream G100 Israel Surveillance 1125 Astra 2[12]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA[17] 3[12]
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union Aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[12] Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system[18]
Transport
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union Strategic airlifter Il-76MD 17[12]
Boeing C-17 United States Strategic airlifter 11[12]
C-130J Super Hercules United States Tactical airlifter C-130J-30[19] 12[12]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Transport An-32/32RE 103[12] 53 are 32RE variant.[20]
EADS CASA C-295 Spain Transport C-295MW 56 on order - license built by Tata Advanced Systems - HS 748 replacement[12][21]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom Transport 57[12]
Dornier 228 Germany Utility 228–201[22] 53[12] license built by HAL[22]
Boeing 777 United States VIP transport 777-300ER 2[23] Used as Air India One for presidential flight.[24]
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737–700 3[25]
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[26]
Helicopters
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack 3[27][28] 10 Planned[28]
Boeing AH-64 Apache United States Attack AH-64E 22[12]
Mil Mi-24 Russia Attack Mi-24/25/35 15[12]
HAL Rudra India Attack 16 [29][12]
CH-47 Chinook United States Heavy transport CH-47F 15[12]
Mil Mi-17 Russia Utility transport Mi-17V-5 223[12]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 107 4 on order. [12]
HAL Light Utility Helicopter India Utility 6 on order.[30]
HAL Chetak France / India Light utility 77[12] License-built version of the Alouette III.
HAL Cheetah France / India Light utility 17[12] License-built version of the SA315B Lama.
Trainer Aircraft
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic trainer Mk II 75[12]
Pipistrel Virus SW 80 Garud Slovenia Basic trainer Pipistrel Virus 72[31]
HAL Kiran India Intermediate Trainer 78[12]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Advanced jet trainer Hawk 132 102[12]
SEPECAT Jaguar United Kingdom / France Conversion trainer IB[14] 30[12]
Mikoyan MiG-21 Soviet Union Conversion trainer U/UM 38[32]
Mirage 2000 France Conversion trainer 2000 H/I 12[12]
HAL Tejas India Conversion trainer Mk. 1 18 on order[33][34]
UAV
IAI Heron TP[35] Israel Surveillance Heron TP
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance Heron 1 49[36][37]
IAI Searcher[37] Israel surveillance Mk. I / II
DRDO Lakshya India Target drone 15[38]

Army Aviation Corps

An Army Dhruv at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008
HAL Light Combat Helicopter
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
HAL Light Combat Helicopter India Attack 1[27] 4 under limited series production[39]
Boeing AH-64 Apache United States Attack AH-64E(I) 6 on order[12]
HAL Rudra India Armed scout 75[40][41] 10 on order[42]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 191 73 on order[12]
HAL Light Utility Helicopter India Utility 6 on Order[43]
HAL Chetak France / India Liaison / Utility 4[12] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah France / India Liaison / Utility 37 8 on order[12] - License-built version of the SA 315B Lama
UAV
IAI Heron TP[35] Israel Surveillance & Reconnaissance Heron TP 4[44]
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance & Reconnaissance Heron 1 16[44]
IAI Searcher[37] Israel Surveillance Mk. I / II
IdeaForge Switch[45] India Unmanned aerial vehicle
Raphe MPhibr MR-20[46] India Unmanned aerial vehicle On Order[47]
Raphe MPhibr MR-10[46] India Swarm Drone On Order[47]
Swarm Drone India Swarm Drone 100 On Order[48]

Naval Air Arm

A Boeing P-8I Neptune of Indian Navy
A Kamov Ka-31 helicopter lands on the USS Bunker Hill
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia Multirole MiG-29K 36[12]
AWACS
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14[12] Employs a Planar array radar
Maritime patrol
Boeing P-8 United States ASW / patrol P-8I 11[12]
Ilyushin Il-38 Soviet Union ASW / patrol 4[12]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Surveillance 228-201[22] 28 8 on order[12]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom Utility / Patrol BN-2B/2T[49] 4[12]
Helicopters
SH-60 Seahawk United States ASW / SAR MH-60R 2 22 on order[12]
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14[12]
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / Utility Mk.42B/C[50] 25 6 are UH-3H variants[12]
HAL Dhruv India Utility Mk. I/Mk. III 14 11 on order[12]
HAL Chetak France / India Liaison / Utility 36 6 on order[12]
Trainer Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia Conversion trainer MiG-29KUB 8[12][51]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 17[12]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 20[12]
Pipistrel Virus SW 80 Garud Slovenia Basic trainer Pipistrel Virus 12[52]
UAV
IAI Heron TP[35] Israel Surveillance Heron TP
IAI Heron Israel Surveillance Heron 1 [36]
IAI Searcher[37] Israel Surveillance Mk. I / II
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper United States Surveillance SeaGuardian 2[53] On Lease For One year[54]
DRDO Lakshya India Target drone 39[55]

Indian Coast Guard

A Dornier Do-228-101
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
Dornier Do 228 Germany Reconnaissance 101/201[22] 36[56]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility MK. I 4[57] 10 Mk.III on order.[58]
MK. III 6[59][60]
HAL Chetak France / India Utility 17[56]

See also

Notes

References

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External links

  • The Official Home Page of Indian Air Force.