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Aircraft Fleet Strength

TABLE A: Summary of estimates of the Indian Air Force active aircraft fleet*

Combat Aircraft - Air Superiority 408(Incl 36 Trainers)
Ground Attack 291 (Incl 33 Trainers)
Second Line Combat Aircraft -
Helicopters 359
Transport Aircraft 247
Trainers 215
TOTAL 1451

TABLE B: Detailed Type Wise Break up

Type Sqn Est Sqn Nos Total No of Units Est Combat Est Trainers    

COMBAT AIRCRAFT

Air Superiority and Multi Role

MiG-29 16 As and 2 UMs 28, 47, 223 3 48 6    
Mirage 2000H 16 Hs and 2 THs
6 THs and 4 Hs
1, 7
9
3 36 10    
MiG-21 Bison 16 Bison and 2 U 3, 4, 21, 23, 32, 51 6 96 12    
Sukhoi-30 MKI 16 MKI 2, 8, 20, 24, 30, 31, 102, 106, 220 9 144      
MiG-21Bis 16 + 2 Us 15, 26 2 48 8    
Total for Air Superiority and Multi Role       372 36
 

Ground Attack

MiG-27 UPG 16 + 2 UMs(23) 10,29 2 32 4    
MiG-27 ML 16 + 2 UMs(23) 18,22, 222, TACDE(0.5) 3.5 56 7    
MiG-21 M/MF 16 + 2 Us 17, 35, 37, 101, 108 5 80 10    
Jaguar IS 16 IS + 2 IT 5,14,16,27, 224 5 80 10    
Jaguar IM 6 IM+ 2 IT+ 4 IS 6 1 10 2    
Total for Ground Attack       258 33
 
 
Total Combat Aircraft     36.5+3     630 69
 

HELICOPTERS

Mi-8 12 105,107,109,110,112,118,119,121,122F 8.5 102      
Mi-17 12 127, 128, 129, 130, 152, 153,  6 72      
Mi-17 V-5 12 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159 6 72      
Mi-24/35 10 104, 125 2 20      
Mi-26 4 126HF 1 3      
Chetak 8-12 111,115, 116,141SSS F, 142SSS F,HTS 6 48      
Cheetah 12 114,131F,132F, 2 24      
Dhruv 6-12 117, 151 2 18      
Total Helicopters           359  
 

TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT

C-17 (3)   81 1 3      
Il-76 MD (17)   44,25 'A' 1.5 15      
Il-78 MKI (6)   78 1 6      
A-50E (3)   50 1 2      
C-130J (6)   77 1 5      
An-32 (119)   12,25'B',33,43,48,49,PTS, TTW 7 104      
HS-748 (68)   11, 41 'A', 59, 106 'A' , 6 Cmd Flts(2 A/c) 4 64      
Do-228 (24)   41, TTW, 6 Comm Flts(2 A/c) 2.5 40      
Boeing 737   Air HQ Flt 1 4      
Embraer 135BJ   Air HQ Flt 1 4      
Total Transports           247  
 

TRAINER AIRCRAFT

HJT-16 Kiran   AFA(A), AFA(B) , FIS , FTW, 52     84    
BAe Hawk Mk 132   HOTS     70    
Pilatus PC-7   AFA     28    
Total Trainers             146
 
Total Fleet*           1236 215

Number plated Units: Fighter 45, 221 Transport: 19, 42

Change Log:

29 Jul 2015: Hawk number updated. HPT32 numbers removed from total. 
21 Jun 2015: 
MiG-21FLs phased out, Mi-17 V5 Units added, updated numbers on C-130s, PC-7s and Hawks
01 Sep 2013: 
No.81 Squadron raised on three C-17 aircraft at Hindan
10 Jul 2013: No.220 Squadron, No.157 HU details added. Deepaks may be phased out
01 Mar 2011: No.102 Squadron re-raised at Tezpur
05 Feb 2011: C-130J inducted into No.77 Squadron
15 Dec 2010: A-50, BAe Hawk, Mi-26 Numbers Updated.
18 Oct 2009: Illyushin-76 Numbers Updated
10 Oct 2009: 35 Sqn updated. Hawk Numbers Updated
30 Sept 2009: Hawk Operational Training Squadron (HOTS) added, An-32 Numbers Updated
24 Aug 2009: No.2 Squadron (Su-30 MKI) reported in Vayu
28 May 2009: A-50 Phalcon AEW inducted
6 March 2009: MiG-23BNs phased out, No.221 Squadron Numberplated

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* Editors Note: Does not include Attrition Reserves, aircraft of ARC. This estimate is based on the number of units and the standard Unit Establishment of aircraft that each unit is eligible to hold. The numbers on this page will not reflect the actual numbers held by IAF units. The number of each type of aircraft may appear to be less than the total procured by the IAF as the totals here does not take into account Storage reserves. Any shortfall between the estimates here and the total procured does not automatically mean that the rest of the aircraft were lost in attrition. For Example, The total number of Mirage 2000s procured by IAF stand at 49 till date. Till date six of these have been lost in attrition. However the total Mirages held by the Units will only show 36 instead of 43 as the rest will be in storage. The totals above does not include any aircraft held by such establishments like TACDE, ASTE, AFTPS, HAL or ADA.

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