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

Air Force

Further information: Indian 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
HAL Prachand
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-21 Soviet Union interceptor MiG-21UPG 40[1]
MiG-29 Russia multirole MiG-29UPG[2] 75[3] 10 provide conversion training
HAL Tejas India multirole Mk.1 / 1A 33[4][5] 170 Mk.1A’s & 17 twin seater conversion trainers are on order. [5][6][7]
Mirage 2000 France multirole 2000 H/I 50[8] 8 TH/TI variants provide training
Sukhoi Su-30MKI Russia multirole Su-30MKI 260[9] 12 on order[10]
Dassault Rafale France multirole EH/DH[11] 36[3]
SEPECAT Jaguar United Kingdom ground attack IM/IS[12] 160[3] 30 IB’s provide training
AWACS
Embraer R-99 Brazil AEW&C 3[3] equipped with a DRDO-developed AEW&C system
Beriev A-50 Soviet Union AEW&C A-50EI 3 equipped with the EL/W-2090 radar. 2 on order.[13][14]
Reconnaissance
Boeing 707 United States surveillance 1[3]
Global 5000 United States ELINT 2[3]
Gulfstream G100 Israel surveillance 1125 Astra 2[3]
Gulfstream III United States ELINT SRA[15] 3[3] also used for electronic-warfare
Tanker
Ilyushin Il-78 Soviet Union aerial refueling Il-78MKI 6[3]
Transport
Boeing 737 United States VIP transport 737-700 3[16]
Boeing 777 United States VIP transport 777-300ER 2[17] used for Air India One for presidential flight
Embraer Legacy 600 Brazil VIP transport 4[18]
Boeing C-17 United States strategic airlifter 11[3]
Ilyushin Il-76 Soviet Union strategic airlifter Il-76MD 17[3]
Airbus A321 Europe transport A321-200 4[3]
Antonov An-32 Ukraine transport 103[3] 53 are the 32RE variant[19]
Dornier Do 228 Germany transport 228-201 58[3] license built by HAL[20]
EADS CASA C-295 Spain transport C-295MW 1 55 on order - HS 748 replacement[3][21]
C-130J Super Hercules United States tactical airlifter C-130J-30[22] 12[3]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom transport 57[3]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility Mi-17V-5 222[3]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack Mi-24/25/35 15[3]
HAL Rudra India attack 16 50 on order.[23]
HAL Dhruv India utility 95[3]
Alouette III France liaison Chetak 77[3] license-built by HAL
SA 315B Lama India utility Cheetah 17[3] license-built by HAL
Boeing AH-64 United States attack AH-64E 22[3]
CH-47 Chinook United States transport CH-47F 15[3]
HAL Light Utility Helicopter India utility 6 on order[24]
HAL Prachand India attack 10[25] 66 on order[26]
Trainer Aircraft
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 102[3]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 77[3]
HAL HTT-40 India basic trainer 70 on order[3]
Pilatus PC-7 Switzerland trainer Mk II 75[3]
Pipistrel Virus Slovenia basic trainer 72[27]
UAV
IAI Heron Israel surveillance Heron 1 49[28][29]
IAI Searcher Israel surveillance Mk. I / II [29]
ALS-50 India loitering munition 100[30]

Army Aviation Corps

Further information: Army Aviation Corps (India)

An Army Dhruv at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India utility 70[31] 25 on order[31]
HAL Rudra India attack 75[32][31]
Alouette III France liaison / utility Chetak 4[3] license-built by HAL
SA 315B Lama France liaison / utility Cheetah 40 license-built by HAL - 4 on order[3]
HAL Prachand India attack 5[25] 90 on order[26]
Boeing AH-64 United States attack AH-64E(I) 6 on order[33]
UAV
Elbit Hermes 900 Israel Reconnaissance 2 on order[34]
IAI Eitan[35] Israel Reconnaissance Heron TP 4[36] 16 Heron on order[37]
IAI Searcher[37] Israel Reconnaissance Mk-III <100[38]
Ideaforge Switch [39][40] India Surveillance 1.0 undisclosed quantities on order[39]
NewSpace NIMBUS [41] India Surveillance Mk-III 75[41]
Raphe MPhibr MR-20[42] India Cargo 48[42]
NewSpace BELUGA [41] India Surveillance 25[41]

Naval Air Arm

Further information: Indian Naval Air Arm and List of Indian naval aircraft

MH-60R Seahawk helicopter of Indian Navy
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 45[3] 9 KUB variants provide conversion training
Maritime patrol
Boeing P-8 United States ASW / patrol P-8I 12[3]
Dornier Do 228 Germany surveillance 228-201[20] 24 10 on order[3]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom utility / patrol BN-2B/2T[43] 4[3]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India utility 24[3]
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14[3]
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14[3] employs a Planar array radar
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / utility Mk.42B/C[44] 25[3] six are UH-3H variants
HAL Chetak France liaison / utility 42[3]
SH-60 Seahawk United States ASW / SAR MH-60R 6[45] 24 on order[46]
Trainer Aircraft
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 17[3]
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 20[3]
UAV
IAI Heron[28] Israel surveillance Heron 1
IAI Searcher[29] Israel surveillance Mk. I / II
MQ-9 Reaper United States surveillance SeaGuardian 2[47]
Hermes 900 Israel surveillance 2[48][49]

Indian Coast Guard

A Dornier Do-228-101

Further information: Indian Coast Guard

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
Dornier Do 228 Germany reconnaissance 101/201[20] 23[50]
Helicopters
HAL Dhruv India utility Mk. I / Mk. III 4 / 16[51][52][53]
HAL Chetak India utility 17[50]

See also

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