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List of active Indian military aircraft

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.

Indian Air ForceEdit

 
A Su-30MKI
 
HAL Tejas
 
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
MiG-21 Soviet Union Multirole Bison 112[1][2][3]
MiG-27 Soviet Union Ground attack MiG-27ML 43[4][5]
MiG-29 Soviet Union Multirole MiG-29UPG[6] 66[4]
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia Multirole Su-30MKI 242[1] Total 272 on order[7]
HAL Tejas India Multirole Mk 1 16 24 on order[8]
Mirage 2000 France Multirole 2000 H/I 41[9][10]
Dassault Rafale France Multirole EH/DH[11] 3[12] Total 36 on order[4]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Ground attack IM/IS[13] 91[14][15]
AEWACS
EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C Netra[16] 2[17] Equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system - 1 on order[18]
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 Equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar[4] - 2 on order [19]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States Reconnaissance 1[4]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[4] Operated under R&AW
Gulfstream G100 Israel / US Surveillance 1125 Astra 2[4]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 72[20][21]
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA[22] 3[4] Operated under R&AW
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union Aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[18] Equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system[23]
Transport
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3[24]
Boeing C-17 United States Strategic airlifter 11[4][25]
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union Strategic airlifter Il-76MD 14[26]
C-130J Super Hercules United States Tactical airlifter C-130J-30[27] 11[4]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine Transport An-32/32RE 104[4] 46 are 32RE variant[28][29]
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[30]
Dornier Do 228 Germany Transport 228-201[31] 48 6 on order[4]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 UK Transport 57[4]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia Utility  
Mi-17-1V
Mi-17V-5
35[1]
45[1]
148[1][32]
CH-47 Chinook United States Transport / Utility CH-47F(I) 10[33] Total 15 on order[4]
Mil Mi-26 Russia Heavy Lift 3[4]
HAL Dhruv India Utility 75 28 on order[4]
HAL Chetak France / India Liaison / Utility 77[4] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah France / India Liaison 17[4] License-built version of the SA315B Lama
Mil Mi-24 Russia Attack Mi-35[34] 17[4]
Boeing AH-64 United States Attack AH-64E(I)[35] 12[36] Total 22 on order[4]
HAL Rudra India Attack 8[37] Total 16 on order[38]
Trainer Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union Conversion trainer U/UM 39[1]
MiG-23 Soviet Union Conversion trainer MiG-23UB 14[4]
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France Conversion trainer IB[13] 26[14]
Mirage 2000 France Conversion trainer 2000 TH/TI 7[9][10][39]
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 104[4]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 79[4]
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic trainer Mk II 75[4]

Army Aviation CorpsEdit

 
An Army Dhruv at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility 123[4] 119 on order[4]
HAL Chetak France Liaison / Utility 4[4] License-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India Liaison 32 14 on order[4]
HAL Rudra India Attack 50[40] Total 60 on order[38]

Naval Air ArmEdit

Indian Coast GuardEdit

 
A Dornier Do-228-101
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
Dornier Do 228 Germany Reconnaissance 101/201[31] 23[1]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India Utility Mk. I 4[46][1] 16 Mk. III on order.[47][48]
HAL Chetak India Utility 17[1]

NCC Air WingEdit

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Trainer Aircraft
Zenith STOL CH 701 Canada Trainer AC 85[49]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia Ultralight SW 80 110[20][21]

Border Security ForceEdit

Unmanned Aerial VehiclesEdit

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 110[51] Operated by Indian Air Force[52]
IAI Heron Israel Patrol Heron 1 68[53] Operated by all three services.[54] 16 on order for Indian Army[52]
IAI Searcher Israel Patrol Mk. I / II 108[53] Operated by all three services.[54]
DRDO Lakshya India Aerial target 39 In service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.[55]

See alsoEdit

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