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Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. The main objective of the IAF is to secure Indian airspace and conduct aerial sorties to achieve the designated mission objectives.

The IAF has an active strength of over 170,000 personnel serving the Indian Air Force. Its personnel and aircraft assets rank fourth amongst the air forces of the world. 

The IAF, with around 1,70,000 personnel and 1,500 aircraft, is the third largest air force in the world after the US and Russia. India replaced China to become the world’s third strongest air force in the Global Air Powers Ranking for 2022.  

Indian Air Force Fighter Jets

Aircraft

Origin

Type

Variant

Strength

Aircraft

France

Multirole Fighter Jet

EH / DH

36

Sukhoi 30

Russia

Multirole Fighter Jet

Sukhoi 30 MKI

272

Mirage 2000

France

Multirole Fighter Jet

2000 H/I

51

HAL Tejas

India

Multirole Fighter Jet

FOC / MK1

40

Mig 29

Russia

Multirole Fighter Jet

Mig 29 UPG

69

Jaguar

United Kingdom

Ground Attack Fighter Jet

IM / IS

130

Mig 21

Russia

Interceptor

Bison

126

Indian Air Force Multirole Fighters And Strike Aircrafts

The Indian Air Force operates aircraft and equipment of Russian (erstwhile Soviet Union), British, French, Israeli, US and Indian origins. However, Russian aircraft and weapon systems still dominate its inventory.

Under license, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ( HAL ) manufactures some Russian aircraft in India. The Russian aircraft being produced by HAL include the Sukhoi 30 MKI. However, this production line is being replaced by LCA Tejas.

As per the information available in the public domain, Flight International estimates IAF inventory strength to be around 1,750 aircraft currently in service with the IAF. Whereas, the International Institute for Strategic Studies provides a similar estimate of 1,850 aircraft.

Both sources estimate the number of fighter aircraft at approximately 900, which are combat aircraft.

The Dassault Rafale is a French origin twin engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by Dassault. Rafale design is based on canard delta wing.

The Rafale is equipped with AESA radar and a wide range of weapons to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.

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Mirage 2000

The Mirage 2000 is a French origin single engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by Dassault. The Mirage design is based on pure delta wing.

Recently upgraded IAF Mirage is equipped with new Thales RDY 2 radar, and a wide range of weapons. The Mirage 2000 is one of the most potent plane used by IAF during Kargil war 1999 and recent surgical strikes 2019.

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Sukhoi 30 MKI

The Sukhoi 30 MKI is a Russian origin twin engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by Sukhoi. It is designed as a heavy-duty, all weather, air supremacy fighter.

The Sukhoi 30 MKI is equipped with AESA radar and a wide range of weapons.  The MKI variant is tailor-made for Indian specifications and integrates both Indian, French and Israeli avionics and sub-systems.

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LCA Tejas , Light Combat Aircraft , LCA , Tejas , Indian Air Force , DRDO

The Light Combat Aircraft ( LCA ) HAL Tejas indigenous single engine fighter plane developed to replace IAF Mig 21. It was jointly designed and produced by Aeronautical Development Agency ( ADA )  and DRDO.

The first squadron of LCA Flying Daggers  is already inducted 2016 and operational in IAF. The LCA is equipped with Israeli AESA radar and wide range latest weapons.

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