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Air Force Equipment

Introduction

SYSTEM Inventory
90 95 00 02 05 08 10 15 20 25 30
BOMBERS 9 - - - - - - - - - -
Canberra B(I).58 / B(I).66 9 - - - - - - - - - -
Fighter/Attack 862 853 794 760 744 623 608 570 796 .. ..
SQUADRONS [16-20A/C] AUTHORIZED 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 39.5 .. ..
SQUADRONS [16-20A/C] ON HAND 41 41 36 34 32 34 35 36.5 42 .. ..
Fifth Generation Combat Aircraft - - - - - - - - - ... ...
MCA - - - - - - - - ? 72? 127?
F-35 JSF - - - - - - - - ?? ?? ??
FGFA - - - - - - - - 10 75 127
Heavy Combat Aircraft (HCA) - - 8 16 28 48 80 140 280 ... ...
Su-30K/MK/MKI - - 8 16 28 48 80 140 280 .. ..
Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) 368 406 397 362 337 272 256 230 280 ... ...
AMCSA - - - - - - - - 24 90 90
MRF Rafale [MRF / MRCA] - - - - - - - 24 36 36 36
Mirage 2000H/TH Vajra 47 35 40 40 40 36 36 36 36 .. ..
Jaguar S(I) Shamsher* 80 97 88 84 74 74 74 72 70 .. ..
MiG-29B Baaz 50 67 64 63 65 48 48 48 48 .. ..
MiG-27M/ML Bahadur 70 133 132 123 108 98 98 48 - - -
MiG-23BN Vijay 64 54 53 52 50 16 - - - - -
MiG-23MF Rakshak 57 20 20 - - - - - - - -
HF-24 Marut - - - - - - - - - - -
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ***** 396 348 291 289 286 238 207 155 175 ... ...
LCA Tejas - - - 2 4 6 10 30 50? .. ..
MiG-21bis-93 Vikram Bison - - - - - 104 125 125 125 .. ..
MiG-21bis Vikram 170 170 169 165 165 8 - - - - -
MiG-21M/MF/PFMA Trishul 144 144 96 96 81 72 72 - - - -
MiG-21FL Trishul 34 34 26 26 36 48 - - - - -
Ajeet 48 - - - - - - - - - -
Combat Trainer88 99 98 93 93 65 65 45 39
MiG-29UB - 7 9 9 9 6 6 6 6 .. ..
MiG-27UM 10 15 15 12 12 11 11 5 - - -
MiG-23UM 8 6 6 4 4 2 2 - - - -
MiG-21U 40 40 40 40 40 28 28 15 15 .. ..
Mirage 2000TH Vajra 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 .. ..
Jaguar B(I) 5 14 14 14 14 8 8 8 8 .. ..
Canberra T.54 20 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
Canberra TT.418** 5 5 2 2 2 - - - - - -
ECM
Canberra B(I).58** 5 5 4 4 3 - - - - - -
Mig-21M (ECM) - - - + + - - - - - -
ELINT / COMMAND POST
Boeing 707 **** 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 .. ..
Boeing 737 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 .. ..
HS-748 4 - - - - - - - - - -
AEW
Awacs-India - - - - - - - - - - -
Embraer 145 AEW&C - - - - - - - - - - -
IL-76 Phalcon 2 - - - - - - 3 4 6 .. ..
HS-748 ASP - 3 2 - - - - - - - -
RECCE / MR / SURVEY
Canberra PR.57 8 6 6 6 2 - - - - - -
Canberra PR.67 - 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
Mig-25R 6 6 6 6 6 - - - - - -
Mig-25U 2 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
Gulfstream IV SRA 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 .. ..
Learjet 29 2 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
TANKER
A330 MRTT - - - - - - - - - 6 6
IL-78 - - - - 2 6 6 6 6 .. ..
  • TRANSPORT
  • Transport - Large
    C-17 Globemaster III - - - - - - - 10 10 .. ..
    Il-76 Gajraj 12 19 25 25 25 30 30 20 20 .. ..
    Boeing 707 - - - - - 4 4 4 4 .. ..
    Boeing 737 2 - - - - 4 4 4 4 .. ..
    Transport - Intermediate
    C-130J - - - - - - - 6 6 .. ..
    MTA - - - - - - - + 45 .. ..
    An-32 Sutlej 108 105 105 105 105 122 122 122 122 .. ..
    An-12B 30 - - - - - - - - - -
    Transport - Light
    Embraer EMB-135BJ - - - - - 4 4 4 4 .. ..
    BAe-748 32 29 28 28 28 64 64 64 64 .. ..
    BAe-748*** 24 28 28 28 28 - - - - - -
    BAe-748 VIP 7 7 7 7 7 - - - - - -
    Do-228 10 30 45 45 45 43 43 43 43 .. ..
    DHC-4 10 - - - - - - - - - -
    DHC-3 10 - - - - - - - - - -
    TRAINING
    Advanced Jet Trainer
    Hawk Mk 132AJT - - - - - 6 21 66 66 .. ..
    Hunter T.66 20 18 18 - - - - - - - -
    Hunter F.56 20 20 20 - - - - - - - -
    Intermediate Jet Trainer
    HJT-36 IJT Sitara - - - - - - - 12 +12 .. ..
    HJT-16 Mk II Kiran II 57 56 56 56 56 84 - - - - -
    HJT-16 Kiran I 120 120 120 120 120 - - - - - -
    Primary Trainer
    HTT-40 - - - - - - - 2 10 70 70
    BTA / Pilatas PC-7 - - - - - - - 49 - 112 112
    HPT-32 Deepak 20 88 88 88 88 88 - - - - -
    TS-11 Iskra 44 44 44 34 - - - - - - -
    HT-2 60 - - - - - - - - - -
    HELICOPTERS
    ATTACK HEL
    AH-64E / AAH - - - - - - - 22 22 .. ..
    LCH - - - - - - - 20 65 .. ..
    Mi-25/35 - 32 32 +20 ~40 20 20 - - - -
    Mi-25 12 - - - - - - - - - -
    TRANSPORT - HEAVY
    CH-47 - - - - - - - 15 15 .. ..
    Mi-26 4 10 10 10 10 4 4 - - - -
    TRANSPORT - MEDIUM ******
    VVIP - - - - - - - 12 12 .. ..
    Mi-171 - - - - - - 10 80 80 .. ..
    Mi-17 50 50 50 50 50 72 72 72 72 .. ..
    Mi-8 80 80 79 79 79 102 102 46 46 .. ..
    TRANSPORT - LIGHT
    Kamov Ka-226 LOH - - - - - - - - 133
    Dhruv ALH - - - - 2 8 25 75 150 .. ..
    Chetak - - - - - 48 48 48 48 .. ..
    Cheetah - - - - - 24 24 24 24 .. ..
    Chetak / Cheetah + + + + +40 - - - - - -
    TRAINING
    Chetak 20 20 20 20 20 - - - - - -
    Mi-24 - 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
    Mi-35 - 2 2 2 2 - - - - - -
    UAV ... ...
    DRDO Nishant - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    Lakshya PTA - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    IAI Harpy - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    IAI Heron - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    Searcher Mk II - - + + + + + + + .. ..
    DRDO Rustom - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    DRDO Pawan - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    DRDO Gagan - - - - - - + + + .. ..
    MISSILES
    ASM
    Akash + - - - - - - - - - -
    AM-39 Exocet + - + + + + + + + .. ..
    AS-7 Kerry + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AS-11B + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AS-12 - + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AS-17 Krypton - - + + + + + + + .. ..
    AS-30 + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    Sea Eagle + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AAM
    AA-2 Atoll + + - - - - - - - - -
    AA-7 Apex + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AA-8 Aphid - + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AA-10 Alamo - + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AA-11 Archer - + + + + + + + + .. ..
    AA-12 Adder - + + + + + + + + .. ..
    R-550 Magic + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    Matra Super 530D - - - - + + + + + .. ..
    Astra - - - - - - - + + .. ..
    SAM
    SA-2 - V-75 Divina 280 280 280 280 - - - - - - -
    SA-3 - S-125 Pechora + + + + + + + + + .. ..
    SA-5 - + + - - - - - - - -
    SA-8B - - - - + + + + + .. ..
    SA-10 - - ? ? - - - - - - -
    SA-16 - - - - + + + + + .. ..
    Akash - - - - - + + + +
    LLQRM - - - - - - + +
    MR-SAM - - - - - - + +
    LR-SAM / S-400 - - - - - - + +
    SSM
    Prithvi SS250 - - - + + + + + + .. ..

    Notes

      * - Between 1995 and 2008 according to the IISS military balance the IAF had one squadron operating between 6-10 Jaguar S(I) aircraft equipped with the Sea Eagle anti-ship missile dedicated to the Maritime Attack role.

      ** - Canberra B(I).58's used in the ECM role also had a secondary target towing mission, while TT.418's had a secondary ECM role.

      *** - While used in the training capacity these BAe-748's retained their cargo capacity and could be used in a secondary transport role.

      **** - The Indian Air Force is believed to operate at least one one Boeing 707 configured for ELINT duties and mainly targeted against Pakistan.

      ***** - There is evidently something defective with IISS counting of MiG-21 in the 2000-2005 timeframe. The 2008 number is from a high confidence local source.

      		1995	2000	2002	2005	2008
      MiG-21M/MF/PFMA 	144	69	55	81	72 
      MiG-21FL 		34 	26	26	36	48 
      

      ****** - There is evidently something defective with IISS counting of Mi-8 / Mi-17 in the 2005-2008 timeframe. There is a big jump in inventory with no reported sales in this timeframe.

      	2005	2008
      Mi-17	50	72 
      Mi-8 	79	102  
      

    Sources: IISS The Military Balance, SIPRI Arms Transfers Database



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