All Aircrafts Of Indian Air Force [UPDATED LIST]

List of Active Indian military aircraft currently in service or on order with the Indian Air Force. The Indian Air force is the world’s 3rd strongest air force globally and IAF overtakes the Chinese Air Force in WDMMA Global Air Powers Ranking 2022 in terms of the number of personnel and the number of assets it operates. With its origins in 1932 as the British Indian Air force and after 1947 ended up as the Indian Air force. 

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union Interceptor Bison 54
MiG-29 Russia multirole MiG-29UPG 65
HAL Tejas India multirole Mk.1 22 18 (Mk.1) / 83 (Mk.1A) on order
Mirage 2000 France multirole 2000 H/I 45 12 TH/TI variants provide training
Sukhoi Su-30 Russia multirole Su-30MKI 272
Dassault Rafale France multirole EH/DH 20 16 on order
SEPECAT Jaguar United Kingdom ground attack IM/IS 91
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
EMB-145 Brazil AEW&C 2 equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system – 1 on order
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar – 2 on order
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Boeing 707 United States surveillance 1
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2
Gulfstream G100 Israel surveillance 1125 Astra   2
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Electronic Warfare
Gulfstream III United States EW / ELINT SRA 3
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Air Fuel Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6 equipped with Israeli fuel-transfer system
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3
Boeing 777 United States VIP transport 777-300ER 2 used for Air India One for presidential flight
Boeing C-17 United States strategic airlifter   11
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union strategic airlifter Il-76MD 17
Antonov An-32 Ukraine transport An-32/32RE 104 42 are 32RE variant
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport   4
Dornier Do 228 Germany transport 228-201[23] 50 4 on order
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J-30[24] 12
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom Transport   57
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility Mi-17V-5 223
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack Mi-24/25/35 15
HAL Dhruv India utility 99 12 on order – eight are Rudra variants
HAL Chetak France liaison 77 license-built version of the Alouette III
HAL Cheetah India utility 17 license-built version of the SA315B Lama
Boeing AH-64 United States attack AH-64E 22
CH-47 Chinook United States transport CH-47F 15>
Hindustan Aeronautics LCH India attack 65 on order
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Trainer Aircraft
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 104
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer   78
HAL Tejas India conversion trainer   8 on order
SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France conversion trainer IB 30
MiG-21 Soviet Union Conversion trainer U/UM 39
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland trainer Mk II 75
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
IAI Harop Israel loitering munition
IAI Heron Israel surveillance Heron 1 68
IAI Searcher Israel surveillance Mk. I / II 108
DRDO Lakshya Israel target drone 39

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