Indian Air Power


Fixed-Wing | Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Modernization is central to the Indian Air Force today with acquisition of such systems as the French Dassault Rafale multirole fighter to field alongside its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI types. A concerted effort is being made to reduce reliance on foreign purchases however, giving rise to projects like the HAL Tejas lightweight multirole fighter. The fleet continues use of aging Cold War-era types including the MiG-21, M2000, and Jaguar which lack the broader mission scope of modern multirole mounts. Nevertheless, all three air services of the Indian military offer key solutions to battlefield questions - the rotorcraft, training, and special-mission fleet all deserve notice. The Indian Air Force alone ranks as a Top 10 power ahead of regional rival China and behind U.S.M.C. aviation according to WDMMA.org.
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Total Units: 2,430



Type Balance
Fixed-Wing
Rotorcraft
Hull Age Color Key:
5
New Procurement
13
Modern
27
Aging, Requires Attention
14
Obsolete; Near Obsolete


260
Su-30MKI
Multirole
AIR FORCE
130
Jaguar IM/IS
Strike
AIR FORCE
65
MiG-29UPG
Multirole
AIR FORCE
54
MiG-21 BISON
Fighter
AIR FORCE
44
M2000H/I
Fighter-Bomber
AIR FORCE
36
Rafale EH/DH
Multirole
AIR FORCE
32
Tejas Mk.1
Multirole
AIR FORCE
223
Mi-17V-5
Transport/Gunship
AIR FORCE
107
Dhruv
Utility
AIR FORCE
77
Chetak
Light Utility
AIR FORCE
22
AH-64E
Attack Helo
AIR FORCE
18
Cheetah
Light Utility
AIR FORCE
16
Rudra
Attack Helo
AIR FORCE
15
CH-47F
Medium-Lift
AIR FORCE
15
Mi-24/25/35
Gunship/Transport
AIR FORCE
4
Prachand
Attack Helo
AIR FORCE
103
An-32/32RE
Tactical Transp.
AIR FORCE
57
HS.748
Tactical Transp.
AIR FORCE
53
Do 228-201
Utility
AIR FORCE
17
IL-76MD
Strategic Transp.
AIR FORCE
12
C-130J-30
Tactical Transp.
AIR FORCE
11
C-17
Strategic Transp.
AIR FORCE
4
Legacy 600
VIP
AIR FORCE
3
Boeing 737-700
VIP
AIR FORCE
2
Boeing 777
VIP
AIR FORCE
6
IL-78MKI
Aerial Refueling
AIR FORCE
3
EMB-145
AEW&C
AIR FORCE
3
A-50EI
AEW&C
AIR FORCE
3
Gulfstream III
ELINT
AIR FORCE
2
G100
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
2
Global 5000
EINT
AIR FORCE
2
Boeing 737
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
1
Boeing 707
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
102
Hawk 132
Advanced Jet Trainer
AIR FORCE
78
Kiran
Jet Trainer
AIR FORCE
75
PC-7
Basic Trainer
AIR FORCE
72
P.Virus
Basic Trainer
AIR FORCE
37
MiG-21U/UM
Fighter Trainer
AIR FORCE
30
JaguarIB
Strike Trainer
AIR FORCE
12
M2000TH/TI
Strike Trainer
AIR FORCE
10
MiG-29UPG
Fighter Trainer
AIR FORCE
160
Cheetah
Light Utility
ARMY
141
Dhruv Mk.1/2/3
Light Utility
ARMY
75
Rudra ALH-WSI
Attack Helo
ARMY
5
Prachand
Attack Helo
ARMY
4
Chetak
Light Utility
ARMY
35
MiG-29K
Multirole
NAVY
35
Chetak
Light Utility
NAVY
31
Sea King Mk.42B/C
Search & Rescue
NAVY
14
Ka-28
ASW
NAVY
14
Dhruv Mk.I/II
Utility
NAVY
2
MH-60R
ASW/SAR
NAVY
24
Do-228-201
Reconnaissance
NAVY
12
P-8A
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
10
BN-2B/2T
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
5
Il-38
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
20
Kiran
Jet Trainer
NAVY
17
Hawk 132
Advanced Jet Trainer
NAVY
8
MiG-29KUB
Fighter Trainer
NAVY


NOTES: As many as 73 Tejas Mk.1A single-seaters remain on order for the IAF. The aging fleet of MiG-21 is set to be succeeded by the Tejas Mk.1/1A models in time. Fifty-six Airbus C0295MW tactical transports are on order to the IAF. Six AH-64E attack helos are on order from America for the Indian Army. The indigenous HAL Prachand attack helo continues development ahead of serial production. The Indian Navy still showcases the MiG-29K as its premiere carrierborne air superiority fighter. Nineteen SH-60 Seahawks are on order for the service. The local Dhruv and Chetak helos are also on order.


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