Aircrafts of the Indian Armed Forces

by Sachin Kumar on January 12, 2014

Indian Armed Forces are one of the strongest armed forces in the world. The Indian Air Force is the primary force responsible for the security for Indian air space and military transportation. However, Indian Navy also operates strike aircrafts to provide air defence to naval ships. Apart from that, Navy has its own fleet of helicopters. The Indian Army and Coast Guards also operate their own fleets of aircrafts thus making thereself self-dependent for their transport needs. Following article gives information about the aircrafts used by all the branches of Indian Defence, their origin and role in services.

Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force operates more than 2400 aircrafts and it is the 4th largest Air Force in the world. With one of the greatest fighter and transport aircrafts, IAF is regarded as the major Asian power. Following are the aircrafts of Indian Air Force:

1. Fighter/Attack Aircrafts

Aircrafts

Origin

Role

Sukhoi-30 MKI Russia Air Superiority Fighter
Mig-29 UPG Russia Air Superiority Fighter
Mirage-2000H France Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Mig-27 Russia Ground Attack Aircraft
SEPECAT Jaguar France-Britain Ground Attack Aircraft
Mig-21 Russia Interceptor Aircraft
HAL Tejas India Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Dassault Rafale France Multirole Fighter Aircraft

2.  Transport Aircrafts

Aircrafts

Origin

Role

Antonov-32 Russia Medium Transport Aircraft/ Bomber
Ilyushin Il-76 MD Russia Transport Aircraft
Ilyushin Il-78 MKI Russia Mid-Air Refuelling Aircraft
C-17 Globmaster III USA Heavylift Transport Aircraft
C-130J Super Hercules USA Transport Aircraft
Dornier Do-228 Germany/India Light Utility Transport Aircraft
HS-748 Britain/India Transport Aircraft
Embraer ECJ-135 Legacy Brazil VVIP Transport Aircraft
Boeing 737 USA VVIP Transport Aircraft
Beriev A-50 Phalcon Russia/Israel Airborne Early Warning aircraft

 

3.  Trainer Aircrafts

Aircrafts

Origin

Role

HAL HPT Deepak India Basic Flight Trainer
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland Basic Flight Trainer
HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.1 India Intermediate Flight Training
HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.2 India Advanced Flight And Weapons Training
BAE Hawk Britain/HAL Advanced Jet trainer

 

4.  Helicopters

Helicopters

Origin

Role

Mi-8 Russia Medium Utility Helicopter
Mi-17 Russia Medium Utility Helicopter
MI-26 Russia Heavylift Transport Helicopter
HAL Cheetah France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Chetak France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Dhruv France/India Light Utility Helicopter
AW101 Italy VVIP Transport Helicopter
Mi-35 Russia Attack Helicopter
HAL Rudra India Attack Helicopter

 

5.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

UAV’s

Origin

Role

IAI Searcher Israel Reconnaissance
IAI Heron Israel Reconnaissance
IAI Harpy Israel Combat UAV
IAI Harop Israel Combat UAV
DRDO Lakshya India Pilotless Training Aircraft

 

# Indian Navy

Naval Aviation Arm is the responsible body for flying in Indian Navy. More than 2500 Personnel are the part of Naval Aviation Arm who maintains the fleet of 220 aircrafts. Naval Aviation is capable of providing an aircraft carrier based strike capability, fleet air defence, maritime reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. Following are aircrafts of navy:

1. Fixed-wing aircraft

Aircrafts

Origin

Role

Mikoyan MiG-29K  Russia Multirole combat aircraft
BAE Sea Harrier  United Kingdom Fighter aircraft
BAE Hawk  United Kingdom Trainer Aircraft
Boeing P-8 Poseidon  United States Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Tupolev Tu-142 Bear  Russia Bomber
Ilyushin Il-38 May  Russia Maritime Patrol
Dornier Do 228  Germany/India Utility Aircraft
HAL HJT-16 Kiran  India Trainer Aircraft
HAL HPT-32 Deepak  India Trainer Aircraft

 

2. Helicopters

Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B  Russia Airborne early warning
Westland Sea King  United Kingdom Anti-submarine warfare/ Search & Rescue, Utility Transport
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King  United States Anti-submarine warfare/ Utility Helicopter
Kamov Ka-25 Hormone  Russia Anti-submarine warfare
Kamov Ka-28 Helix-A  Russia Anti-submarine warfare
HAL Chetak  France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Dhruv  India Light Utility Helicopter

 

# Indian Army

Army Aviation Corps is responsible for the army transportation needs. However, the Army flies only light helicopters but in the coming future, army is planning to induct attack helicopters as well. Army Aviation Corps maintain a fleet of 158 aircrafts. Following are the helicopters of army:

Helicopters

Origin

Role

HAL Cheetah France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Chetak France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Dhruv France/India Utility Helicopter
HAL Lancer France/India Light Attack Helicopter
HAL Rudra India Attack Helicopter

 

# Indian Coast Guards

The Coast Guard operates a small fleet of 38 Dornier Do-228 maritime surveillance aircraft, 9 HAL Dhruv and 18 HAL Chetak light utility helicopters.

Helicopters/Aircrafts

Origin

Role

HAL Chetak France/India Light Utility Helicopter
HAL Dhruv France/India Light Utility Helicopter
Dornier Do-228 Germany/India Light Transport Aircraft

 

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Mukesh kumar singh January 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

sir, i have been call up for ssb. how should i prepare within very limited time.pls suggest me sir…i m some what nervous,how will i perform there….

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Dr. Ajitrao Mahamuni January 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

Dear Sir,
Is evaluation of SSB is good? A student of 12 works hard for 1 1/2 yr for UPSC. Get qualified for SSB. When he goes there they take took test of 1 1/2 min of picture perception & judges the quality of student. Is simple that way? I think its a bullshit, applying the method UK army of 1885. Do you think UPSC should made tough & if they want to select 400 then do a merit list of 800 or 1000 take SSB of all 1000 students completely & then declare result of combined UPSC & SSB.

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