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Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Shirish Baban Deo , PVSM , AVSM , VSM , VM , ADC

Notable commanders Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Arjan Singh Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal
Pratap Chandra Lal Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Subroto Mukherjee

INSIGNIA

AIR FORCE ENSIGN

ROUNDEL

FIN FLASH

AIRCRAFT FLOWN

ATTACK Jaguar , MiG-27 , Harpy

Electronic warfare A-50E/I , DRDO AEW IAST : Bhāratīya Vāyu Senā) is the air arm of the Indian armed forces . Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the airforces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire
British Empire
which honored India's aviation service during World War II
World War II
with the prefix Royal. After India
India
gained independence from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India
India
. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed after only three years. Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay , Operation Meghdoot , Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai . The IAF's mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions .

The President of India
India
holds the rank of Supreme Commander
Commander
of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff , an air chief marshal , is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force. There is never more than one serving ACM at any given time in the IAF. The rank of Marshal of the Air Force
Marshal of the Air Force
has been conferred by the President of India
India
on one occasion in history, to Arjan Singh . On 26 January 2002 Singh became the first five-star rank officer of the IAF.

CONTENTS

* 1 Mission

* 2 History

* 2.1 Formation and early pilots * 2.2 World War II
World War II
(1939–1945) * 2.3 First years of independence (1947–1950) * 2.4 Congo crisis and Annexation of Goa (1960–1961) * 2.5 Border disputes and changes in the IAF (1962–1971) * 2.6 Bangladesh Liberation War
Bangladesh Liberation War
(1971) * 2.7 Incidents before Kargil (1984–1988) * 2.8 Kargil War (1999) * 2.9 Post Kargil incidents (1999–present)

* 3 Structure

* 3.1 Commands * 3.2 Wings * 3.3 Squadrons and units * 3.4 Flights * 3.5 Sections * 3.6 Garud Commando Force * 3.7 Integrated Space Cell
Integrated Space Cell
* 3.8 Display teams

* 4 Personnel

* 4.1 Rank structure * 4.2 Officers * 4.3 Airmen * 4.4 Honorary officers * 4.5 Non combatants enrolled and civilians * 4.6 Training and education

* 5 Aircraft

* 5.1 Current inventory * 5.2 Multi-role fighters and strike aircraft * 5.3 Airborne early warning and control aircraft * 5.4 Aerial refuelling * 5.5 Transport aircraft * 5.6 Trainer aircraft
Trainer aircraft
* 5.7 Helicopters * 5.8 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

* 6 Land-based missile systems

* 6.1 Surface-To Air Missiles * 6.2 Ballistic missiles

* 7 Future of the Indian Air Force

* 7.1 Expected future acquisitions

* 7.1.1 Single-engined fighter

* 7.2 Current acquisitions * 7.3 DRDO and HAL projects * 7.4 Network-centric warfare

* 8 See also * 9 Notes * 10 References * 11 Bibliography * 12 External links

MISSION

Evolution of the IAF Roundel over the years: 1)1933–1942 2)1942–1945 3)1947–1950 4)1950 – present

The IAF's mission is defined by the Armed Forces Act of 1947 , the Constitution of India
India
, and the Air Force Act of 1950. It decrees that in the aerial battlespace :

Defence of India
India
and every part there of including preparation for defence and all such acts as may be conducive in times of war to its prosecution and after its termination to effective demobilisation.

In practice, this is taken as a directive meaning the IAF bears the responsibility of safeguarding Indian airspace and thus furthering national interests in conjunction with the other branches of the armed forces. The IAF provides close air support to the Indian Army
Indian Army
troops on the battlefield as well as strategic and tactical airlift capabilities. The Integrated Space Cell
Integrated Space Cell
is operated by the Indian Armed Forces , the civilian Department of Space , and the Indian Space Research Organisation . By uniting the civilian run space exploration organizations and the military faculty under a single Integrated Space Cell the military is able to efficiently benefit from innovation in the civilian sector of space exploration, and the civilian departments benefit as well.

The Indian Air Force, with highly trained crews, pilots, and access to modern military assets provides India
India
with the capacity to provide rapid response evacuation, search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, and delivery of relief supplies to affected areas via cargo aircraft. The IAF provided extensive assistance to relief operations during natural calamities such as the Gujarat cyclone in 1998 , the tsunami in 2004 , and North India
India
floods in 2013. The IAF has also undertaken relief missions such as Operation Rainbow in Sri Lanka.

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Indian Air Force
History of the Indian Air Force
See also: List of historical aircraft of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force

FORMATION AND EARLY PILOTS

A Westland Wapiti , one of the first aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

The Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
was established on 8 October 1932 in British India
India
as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. The enactment of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Act 1932 stipulated out their auxiliary status and enforced the adoption of the Royal Air Force uniforms, badges, brevets and insignia. On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and five Indian pilots. The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant
(later Air Vice Marshal) Cecil Bouchier .

WORLD WAR II (1939–1945)

Main article: India
India
during World War 2 World War II
World War II
photo: Arjan Singh (middle) as Flight Lieutenant. He went on to become Marshal of the Air Force
Marshal of the Air Force
.

During World War II
World War II
, the IAF played an instrumental role in halting the advance of the Japanese army in Burma , where the first IAF air strike was executed. The target for this first mission was the Japanese military base in Arakan , after which IAF strike missions continued against the Japanese airbases at Mae Hong Son , Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand
Thailand
.

The IAF was mainly involved in Strike , Close Air Support , Aerial reconnaissance , Bomber Escort and Pathfinding missions for RAF and USAAF Heavy bombers. RAF and IAF pilots would train by flying with their non-native air wings to gain combat experience and communication proficiency. IAF pilots participated in air operations in Europe as part of the RAF.

During the war, the IAF experienced a phase of steady expansion. New aircraft added to the fleet included the US built Vultee Vengeance , Douglas DC-3 , the British Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane
, Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine Spitfire
, and Westland Lysander
Westland Lysander
.

In recognition of the valient service by the IAF, King George VI conferred the prefix "Royal" in 1945. Thereafter the IAF was referred to as the Royal Indian Air Force. In 1950, when India
India
became a republic, the prefix was dropped and it reverted to being the Indian Air Force.

FIRST YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE (1947–1950)

Refugees awaiting evacuation by IAF Dakota on Poonch airstrip, December 1947.

After it became independent from the British Empire
British Empire
in 1947, British India
India
was partitioned into the new states of the Dominion of India
India
and the Dominion of Pakistan
Pakistan
. Along the lines of the geographical partition, the assets of the air force were divided between the new countries. India's air force retained the name of the Royal Indian Air Force, but three of the ten operational squadrons and facilities, located within the borders of Pakistan, were transferred to the Royal Pakistan
Pakistan
Air Force . The RIAF Roundel was changed to an interim 'Chakra' roundel derived from the Ashoka Chakra
Ashoka Chakra
.

Around the same time, conflict broke out between them over the control of the princely state of Jammu however, it did provide effective transport and close air support to the Indian troops.

When India
India
became a republic in 1950, the prefix 'Royal' was dropped from the Indian Air Force. At the same time, the current IAF roundel was adopted.

CONGO CRISIS AND ANNEXATION OF GOA (1960–1961)

The IAF saw significant conflict in 1960, when Belgium\'s 75-year rule over Congo ended abruptly, engulfing the nation in widespread violence and rebellion . The IAF activated No. 5 Squadron , equipped with English Electric Canberra , to support the United Nations Operation in the Congo . The squadron started undertaking operational missions in November. The unit remained there until 1966, when the UN mission ended. Operating from Leopoldville and Kamina , the Canberras soon destroyed the rebel Air Force and provided the UN ground forces with its only long-range air support force.

In late 1961, the Indian government decided to attach the Portuguese colony of Goa after years of disagreement between New Delhi
New Delhi
and Lisbon . The Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
was requested to provide support elements to the ground force in what was called Operation Vijay . Probing flights by some fighters and bombers were carried out from 8–18 December to draw out the Portuguese Air Force
Portuguese Air Force
, but to no avail. On 18 December, two waves of Canberra bombers bombed the runway of Dabolim airfield taking care not to bomb the Terminals and the ATC tower. Two Portuguese transport aircraft (a Super Constellation and a DC-6 ) found on the airfield were left alone so that they could be captured intact. However the Portuguese pilots managed to take off the aircraft from the still damaged airfield and made their getaway to Portugal
Portugal
. Hunters attacked the wireless station at Bambolim. Vampires were used to provide air support to the ground forces. In Daman , Mystères were used to strike Portuguese gun positions. Ouragans (called Toofanis in the IAF) bombed the runways at Diu and destroyed the control tower, wireless station and the meteorological station. After the Portuguese surrendered the former colony was integrated into India.

BORDER DISPUTES AND CHANGES IN THE IAF (1962–1971)

See also: Aerial warfare in 1965 India
India
Pakistan
Pakistan
War

In 1962, border disagreements between China and India
India
escalated to a war when China mobilised its troops across the Indian border. During the Sino-Indian War
Sino-Indian War
, India's military planners failed to deploy and effectively use the IAF against the invading Chinese forces. This resulted in India
India
losing a significant amount of advantage to the Chinese; especially in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir
.

Three years after the Sino-Indian conflict, in 1965, Pakistan launched Operation Gibraltar , strategy of Pakistan
Pakistan
to infiltrate Jammu and Kashmir, and start a rebellion against Indian rule. This came to be known as the Second Kashmir
Kashmir
War . This was the first time the IAF actively engaged an enemy air force. However, instead of providing close air support to the Indian Army
Indian Army
, the IAF carried out independent raids against PAF bases. These bases were situated deep inside Pakistani territory, making IAF fighters vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire. During the course of the conflict, the PAF enjoyed technological superiority over the IAF and had achieved substantial strategic and tactical advantage due to their sudden attack and whole hearted diplomatic and military support from the US and Britain. The IAF was restrained by the government from retaliating to PAF attacks in the eastern sector while a substantive part of its combat force was deployed there and could not be transferred to the western sector, against the possibility of Chinese intervention. Moreover, international (UN) stipulations and norms did not permit military force to be introduced into the Indian state of J"> HAL HF-24 Marut , the first indigenous fighter jet to enter service with the IAF.

After the 1965 war, the IAF underwent a series of changes to improve its capabilities. In 1966, the Para Commandos regiment was created. To increase its logistics supply and rescue operations ability, the IAF inducted 72 HS 748s which were built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under license from Avro
Avro
. India
India
started to put more stress on indigenous manufacture of fighter aircraft . As a result, HAL HF-24 Marut , designed by the famed German aerospace engineer Kurt Tank , were inducted into the air force. HAL also started developing an improved version of the Folland Gnat , known as HAL Ajeet . At the same time, the IAF also started inducting Mach 2 capable Soviet MiG-21 and Sukhoi Su-7 fighters.

BANGLADESH LIBERATION WAR (1971)

By late 1971, the intensification of the independence movement in erstwhile East Pakistan
Pakistan
lead to the Bangladesh Liberation War
Bangladesh Liberation War
between India
India
and Pakistan. On 22 November 1971, 10 days before the start of a full-scale war, four PAF F-86 Sabre jets attacked Indian and Mukti Bahini positions at Garibpur , near the international border. Two of the four PAF Sabres were shot down and one damaged by the IAF's Folland Gnats . On 3 December, India
India
formally declared war against Pakistan
Pakistan
following massive preemptive strikes by the PAF against Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
installations in Srinagar, Ambala, Sirsa, Halwara and Jodhpur. However, the IAF did not suffer significantly because the leadership had anticipated such a move and precautions were taken. The Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
was quick to respond to Pakistani air strikes, following which the PAF carried out mostly defensive sorties .

Within the first two weeks, the IAF had carried out almost 12,000 sorties over East Pakistan
Pakistan
and also provided close air support to the advancing Indian Army. IAF also assisted the Indian Navy
Indian Navy
in its operations against the Pakistani Navy and Maritime Security Agency in the Bay of Bengal
Bay of Bengal
and Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
. On the western front, the IAF destroyed more than 20 Pakistani tanks, 4 APCs and a supply train during the Battle of Longewala . The IAF undertook strategic bombing of West Pakistan
Pakistan
by carrying out raids on oil installations in Karachi , the Mangla Dam and a gas plant in Sindh. Similar strategy was also deployed in East Pakistan
Pakistan
and as the IAF achieved complete air superiority on the eastern front, the ordnance factories, runways, and other vital areas of East Pakistan
Pakistan
were severely damaged. By the time Pakistani forces surrendered, the IAF destroyed 94 PAF Aircraft The IAF was able to conduct a wide range of missions – troop support; air combat; deep penetration strikes; para-dropping behind enemy lines; feints to draw enemy fighters away from the actual target; bombing; and reconnaissance. In contrast, the Pakistan
Pakistan
Air Force, which was solely focused on air combat, was blown out of the subcontinent’s skies within the first week of the war. Those PAF aircraft that survived took refuge at Iranian air bases or in concrete bunkers, refusing to offer a fight. Hostilities officially ended at 14:30 GMT on 17 December, after the fall of Dacca on 15 December. India
India
claimed large gains of territory in West Pakistan
Pakistan
(although pre-war boundaries were recognised after the war), and the independence of Pakistan's East wing as Bangladesh was confirmed. The IAF had flown over 16,000 sorties on both East and West fronts; including sorties by transport aircraft and helicopters. while the PAF flew about 30 and 2,840. More than 80 percent of the IAF's sorties were close-support and interdiction, and according to neutral assessments about 45 IAF Aircraft were lost while, Pakistan
Pakistan
lost 75 aircraft. Not including any F-6s, Mirage IIIs, or the six Jordanian F-104s which failed to return to their donors. But the imbalance in air losses was explained by the IAF's considerably higher sortie rate, and its emphasis on ground-attack missions. On the ground Pakistan suffered most, with 9,000 killed and 25,000 wounded while India
India
lost 3,000 dead and 12,000 wounded. The loss of armoured vehicles was similarly imbalanced. This represented a major defeat for Pakistan. Towards the end of the war, IAF's transport planes dropped leaflets over Dhaka urging the Pakistani forces to surrender, demoralising Pakistani troops in East Pakistan.

INCIDENTS BEFORE KARGIL (1984–1988)

In 1984, India
India
launched Operation Meghdoot to capture the Siachen Glacier in the contested Kashmir
Kashmir
region. In Op Meghdoot, IAF's Mi-8 , Chetak and Cheetah helicopters airlifted hundreds of Indian troops to Siachen. Launched on 13 April 1984, this military operation was unique because of Siachen's inhospitable terrain and climate. The military action was successful, given the fact that under a previous agreement, neither Pakistan
Pakistan
nor India
India
had stationed any personnel in the area. With India's successful Operation Meghdoot , it gained control of the Siachen Glacier
Siachen Glacier
. India
India
has established control over all of the 70 kilometres (43 mi) long Siachen Glacier
Siachen Glacier
and all of its tributary glaciers, as well as the three main passes of the Saltoro Ridge immediately west of the glacier— Sia La , Bilafond La
Bilafond La
, and Gyong La . Pakistan
Pakistan
controls the glacial valleys immediately west of the Saltoro Ridge. According to TIME magazine
TIME magazine
, India
India
gained more than 1,000 square miles (3,000 km2) of territory because of its military operations in Siachen. IAF An-32s were used to airdrop humanitarian supplies in Operation Poomalai .

Following the inability to negotiate an end to the Sri Lankan Civil War , and to provide humanitarian aid through an unarmed convoy of ships, the Indian Government decided to carry out an airdrop of the humanitarian supplies on the evening of 4 June 1987 designated Operation Poomalai (Tamil : Garland) or Eagle Mission 4. Five An-32s escorted by four Mirage 2000 of 7 Sqn AF, 'The Battleaxes', carried out the supply drop which faced no opposition from the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Another Mirage 2000 orbited 150 km away, acting as an airborne relay of messages to the entire fleet since they would be outside radio range once they descended to low levels. The Mirage 2000 escort formation was led by Wg Cdr Ajit Bhavnani, with Sqn Ldrs Bakshi, NA Moitra and JS Panesar as his team members and Sqn Ldr KG Bewoor as the relay pilot. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
accused India
India
of "blatant violation of sovereignty". India
India
insisted that it was acting only on humanitarian grounds.

In 1987, the IAF supported the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in northern and eastern Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
in Operation Pawan . About 70,000 sorties were flown by the IAF's transport and helicopter force in support of nearly 100,000 troops and paramilitary forces without a single aircraft lost or mission aborted. IAF An-32s maintained a continuous air link between air bases in South India
India
and Northern Sri Lanka transporting men, equipment, rations and evacuating casualties. Mi-8s supported the ground forces and also provided air transportation to the Sri Lankan civil administration during the elections. Mi-25s of No. 125 Helicopter
Helicopter
Unit were utilised to provide suppressive fire against militant strong points and to interdict coastal and clandestine riverine traffic.

On the night of 3 November 1988, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
mounted special operations to airlift a parachute battalion group from Agra
Agra
, non-stop over 2,000 kilometres to the remote Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives in response to Maldivian president Gayoom 's request for military help against a mercenary invasion in Operation Cactus . The IL-76s of No. 44 Squadron landed at Hulhule at 0030 hours and the Indian paratroopers secured the airfield and restored Government rule at Male within hours. Four Mirage 2000 aircraft of 7 Sqn, led by Wg Cdr AV 'Doc' Vaidya, carried out a show of force early that morning, making low-level passes over the islands.

KARGIL WAR (1999)

On 11 May 1999, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
was called in to provide close air support to the Indian Army
Indian Army
at the height of the ongoing Kargil conflict with the use of helicopters. The IAF strike was code named Operation Safed Sagar . The first strikes were launched on 26 May, when the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
struck infiltrator positions with fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships . The initial strikes saw MiG-27s carrying out offensive sorties, with MiG-21s and later MiG-29s providing fighter cover. The IAF also deployed its radars and the MiG-29
MiG-29
fighters in vast numbers to keep check on Pakistani military movements across the border. Srinagar
Srinagar
Airport was at this time closed to civilian air-traffic and dedicated to the Indian Air Force.

On 27 May, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
suffered its first fatality when it lost a MiG-21
MiG-21
and a MiG-27 in quick succession. The following day, while on an offensive sortie, a Mi-17 was shot down by three Stinger missiles and lost its entire crew of four. Following these losses the IAF immediately withdrew helicopters from offensive roles as a measure against the threat of Man-portable air-defence systems (MANPAD). On 30 May, the Mirage 2000s were introduced in offensive capability, as they were deemed better in performance under the high-altitude conditions of the conflict zone. Mirage 2000s were not only better equipped to counter the MANPAD threat compared to the MiGs, but also gave IAF the ability to carry out aerial raids at night. The MiG-29s were used extensively to provide fighter escort to the Mirage 2000. Radar transmissions of Pakistani F-16s were picked up repeatedly, but these aircraft stayed away. The Mirages successfully targeted enemy camps and logistic bases in Kargil and severely disrupted their supply lines. Mirage 2000s were used for strikes on Muntho Dhalo and the heavily defended Tiger Hill and paved the way for their early recapture. At the height of the conflict, the IAF was conducting over forty sorties daily over the Kargil region. By 26 July, the Indian forces had successfully repulsed the Pakistani forces from Kargil.

POST KARGIL INCIDENTS (1999–PRESENT)

Sukhoi Su-30 fighter plane over the Indian landscape during an exercise

On 10 August 1999, IAF MiG-21s intercepted a Pakistan
Pakistan
Navy Breguet Atlantique which was flying over Sir Creek , a disputed territory. The aircraft was shot down killing all 16 Pakistani Navy personnel on board. India
India
claimed that the Atlantic was on a mission to gather information on IAF air defence, a charge emphatically rejected by Pakistan
Pakistan
which argued that the unarmed aircraft was on a training mission.

Since the late 1990s, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
has been modernising its fleet to counter challenges in the new century. The fleet size of the IAF has decreased to 33 squadrons during this period because of the retirement of older aircraft. Still, India
India
maintains the fourth largest air force in the world. The IAF plans to raise its strength to 42 squadrons. Self-reliance is the main aim that is being pursued by the defence research and manufacturing agencies.

On 20 August 2013, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
created a world record by performing the highest landing of a C-130J at the Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in Ladakh
Ladakh
at the height of 16614 feet (5065 meters). The medium-lift aircraft will be used to deliver troops, supplies and improve communication networks. The aircraft belonged to the Veiled Vipers squadron based at Hindon Air Force Station .

On 13 July 2014, two MiG-21s were sent from Jodhpur Air Base to investigate a Turkish Airlines plane over Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer
when it repeated an identification code , provided by another commercial passenger plane that had already entered Indian airspace before it. The flights were on their way to Mumbai and Delhi, planes were later allowed to proceed after their credentials were verified.

On 25 July 2014, an advanced landing chopper-307 crashed in a field of Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
, on its way to Allahabad from Bareilly . At least 7 people were killed after the incident took place.

On 28 March 2014, C-130J-30 KC-3803 crashed near Gwalior
Gwalior
, India, killing all 5 personnel aboard. The aircraft was conducting low level penetration training by flying at around 300 ft when it ran into wake turbulence from another aircraft in the formation, which caused it to crash.

On 2 January 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station was attacked by terrorists resulting in seven casualties.

STRUCTURE

The President of India
India
is the Supreme Commander
Commander
of all Indian armed forces and by virtue of that fact is the national Commander-in-chief of the Air Force. The Chief of the Air Staff with the rank of air chief marshal is the Commander
Commander
of the Indian Air Force. He is assisted by six officers, all with the rank of air marshal:

POST CURRENT HOLDER

Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Shirish Baban Deo , PVSM, AVSM, VSM, VM

Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Raghunath Nambiar, AVSM, VM

Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) Air Marshal
Air Marshal
PN Pradhan, AVSM

Air Officer in Charge of Administration Air Marshal
Air Marshal
M K Malik, AVSM, VSM

Air Officer in Charge of Personnel Air Marshal
Air Marshal
B Suresh, AVSM, VM

Air Officer in Charge of Maintenance Air Marshal
Air Marshal
P. P. Khandekar

Director General of Inspection and Flight Safety Air Marshal
Air Marshal
S Harpal Singh, AVSM, SM

Director General of Air Operations Air Marshal
Air Marshal
H S Arora, AVSM

Director General of Medical Services (Air) Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Pawan Kapoor, VSM Bar, PHS

In January 2002, the government conferred the rank of Marshal of the Air Force on Arjan Singh making him the first and only Five-star officer with the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
and ceremonial chief of the air force.

COMMANDS

Main article: List of Indian Air Force bases

The Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
is divided into five operational and two functional commands . Each Command is headed by an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief with the rank of Air Marshal. The purpose of an operational command is to conduct military operations using aircraft within its area of responsibility, whereas the responsibility of functional commands is to maintain combat readiness . Aside from the Training Command at Bangalore, the primary flight training is done at the Air Force Academy, Dundigul (located in Hyderabad
Hyderabad
), followed by operational training at various other schools. Advanced officer training for command positions is also conducted at the Defence Services Staff College; specialised advanced flight training schools are located at Bidar
Bidar
, Karnataka
Karnataka
and Hakimpet , Telangana (also the location for helicopter training). Technical schools are found at a number of other locations.

OPERATIONAL COMMANDS

* CENTRAL AIR COMMAND (CAC), headquartered at Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh * EASTERN AIR COMMAND (EAC), headquartered at Shillong
Shillong
, Meghalaya * SOUTHERN AIR COMMAND (SAC), headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram
, Kerala * SOUTH WESTERN AIR COMMAND (SWAC), headquartered at Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar
, Gujarat * WESTERN AIR COMMAND (WAC), headquartered at New Delhi
New Delhi

FUNCTIONAL COMMANDS

* TRAINING COMMAND (TC), headquartered at Bangalore
Bangalore
, Karnataka * MAINTENANCE COMMAND (MC), headquartered at Nagpur
Nagpur
, Maharashtra

Within each operational command are anywhere from three to 10 bases or stations, each commanded by an air commodore .

WINGS

INDIAN AIR FORCE

Nabha Sparsham Deeptam "Touch the Sky with Glory"

HEADQUARTERS

* New Delhi
New Delhi

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

* History of the Indian Air Force
History of the Indian Air Force
* Future of the Indian Air Force

AIRCRAFT

* Active Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
aircraft * History of Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
aircraft

INSTALLATIONS

* Bases

PERSONNEL

* Chief of Air Staff * Ranks and insignia * Garud Commandos

* v * t * e

A wing is a formation intermediate between a command and a squadron. It generally consists of two or three IAF squadrons and helicopter units, along with forward base support units (FBSU). FBSUs do not have or host any squadrons or helicopter units but act as transit airbases for routine operations. In times of war, they can become fully fledged air bases playing host to various squadrons. In all, about 47 wings and 19 FBSUs make up the IAF. Wings are typically commanded by a group captain .

SQUADRONS AND UNITS

Squadrons are the field units and formations attached to static locations. Thus, a flying squadron or unit is a sub-unit of an air force station which carries out the primary task of the IAF. A fighter squadron consists of 18 aircraft; all fighter squadrons are headed by a commanding officer with the rank of wing commander . Some transport squadrons and helicopter units are headed by a commanding officer with the rank of group captain .

FLIGHTS

Flights are sub-divisions of squadrons , commanded by a squadron leader . Each flight consists of two sections.

SECTIONS

The smallest unit is the section, led by a flight lieutenant . Each section consists of three aircraft.

Within this formation structure, IAF has several service branches for day-to-day operations. They are:

FLYING BRANCH

* Flying

TECHNICAL BRANCH

* Engineering

GROUND BRANCH

* Logistics * Administration * Accounts * Education * Medical During hostilities, Garuds undertake combat search and rescue, rescue of downed airmen and other forces from behind enemy lines, suppression of enemy air defence (SEAD), radar busting, combat control, missile and munitions guidance ("lasing" of targets) and other missions in support of air operations. It has been suggested that they undertake an offensive role including raids on enemy air bases etc. during times of war.

Apart from protecting air bases from sabotage and attacks by commando raids, they are also tasked to seal off weapons systems, fighter hangars and other major systems during intrusions and conflicts. and disaster relief during calamities.

INTEGRATED SPACE CELL

Main article: Integrated Space Cell
Integrated Space Cell

An Integrated Space Cell, which will be jointly operated by all the three services of the Indian armed forces, the civilian Department of Space and the Indian Space Research Organisation
Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) has been set up to utilise more effectively the country's space-based assets for military purposes. This command will leverage space technology including satellites. Unlike an aerospace command, where the air force controls most of its activities, the Integrated Space Cell
Integrated Space Cell
envisages co-operation and co-ordination between the three services as well as civilian agencies dealing with space.

India
India
currently has 10 remote sensing satellites in orbit. Though most are not meant to be dedicated military satellites, some have a spatial resolution of 1 metre or below which can be also used for military applications. Noteworthy satellites include the Technology Experiment Satellite (TES) which has a panchromatic camera (PAN) with a resolution of 1-metre, the RISAT-2 which is capable of imaging in all-weather conditions and has a resolution of one metre, the CARTOSAT-2 , CARTOSAT-2A
CARTOSAT-2A
and CARTOSAT-2B which carries a panchromatic camera which has a resolution of 80 centimetres (black and white only).

DISPLAY TEAMS

Main articles: Surya Kiran and Sarang (military) Sarang display team

The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) ( Surya Kiran is Sanskrit
Sanskrit
for Sun Rays) is an aerobatics demonstration team of the Indian Air Force. They were formed in 1996 and are successors to the Thunderbolts. The team has a total of 13 pilots (selected from the fighter stream of the IAF) and operate 9 HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.2 trainer aircraft painted in a "day-glo orange" and white colour scheme . The Surya Kiran team were conferred squadron status in 2006, and presently have the designation of 52 Squadron ("The Sharks"). The team is based at the Indian Air Force Station at Bidar
Bidar
. The IAF has begun the process of converting Surya Kirans to BAE Hawks.

Sarang ( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
for Peacock) is the Helicopter
Helicopter
Display Team of the Indian Air Force. The team was formed in October 2003 and their first public performance was at the Asian Aerospace Show, Singapore
Singapore
, 2004. The team flies four HAL Dhruvs painted in red and white with a peacock figure at each side of the fuselage. The team is based at the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
base at Air Force Station Sulur, Coimbatore
Coimbatore
.

PERSONNEL

Officers of the IAF in their uniform .

Over the years reliable sources provided notably divergent estimates of the personnel strength of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
after analysing open-source intelligence . The public policy organisation GlobalSecurity.org had estimated that the IAF had an estimated strength of 110,000 active personnel in 1994. In 2006, Anthony Cordesman estimated that strength to be 170,000 in the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) publication "The Asian Conventional Military Balance in 2006". In 2010, James Hackett revised that estimate to an approximate strength of 127,000 active personnel in the IISS publication "Military Balance 2010". Indian defence minister , Manohar Parrikar , officially released the sanctioned strength of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
.

In 2017, the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
had an authorised strength of 12,244 officers and 138,596 enlisted personnel. There was a shortage of 273 officers with the held strength of 11,971 officers. Similarly, there was a shortage of 10,428 enlisted personnel with the held strength of 128,168.

RANK STRUCTURE

Main article: Air Force ranks and insignia of India
India

The rank structure of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
is based on that of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. The highest rank attainable in the IAF is Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
, conferred by the President of India
India
after exceptional service during wartime. MIAF Arjan Singh is the only officer to have achieved this rank. The head of the Indian Air Force is the Chief of the Air Staff , who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal.

OFFICERS

Anyone holding Indian citizenship can apply to be an officer in the Air Force as long as they satisfy the eligibility criteria. There are four entry points to become an officer. Male applicants, who are between the ages of 16½ and 19 and have passed high school graduation, can apply at the Intermediate level. Men and women applicants, who have graduated from college (three-year course) and are between the ages of 18 and 28, can apply at the Graduate level entry. Graduates of engineering colleges can apply at the Engineer level if they are between the ages of 18 and 28 years. The age limit for the flying and ground duty branch is 23 years of age and for technical branch is 28 years of age. After completing a master's degree, men and women between the ages of 18 and 28 years can apply at the Post Graduate level. Post graduate applicants do not qualify for the flying branch. For the technical branch the age limit is 28 years and for the ground duty branch it is 25. At the time of application, all applicants below 25 years of age must be single. The IAF selects candidates for officer training from these applicants. After completion of training, a candidate is commissioned as a Flying Officer .

RANKS OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE – OFFICER RANKS SHOULDER

SLEEVE

RANK Marshal of the Air Force1 Air Chief Marshal2 Air Marshal
Air Marshal
Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander
Commander
Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Flying Officer

* 1 Honorary/War time rank * 2 Held only by the Chief of Air Staff

EQUIVALENT RANKS OF INDIAN MILITARY

INDIAN NAVY INDIAN ARMY INDIAN AIR FORCE

COMMISSIONED RANKS

Admiral
Admiral
of the Fleet Field Marshal Marshal of the Air Force

Admiral
Admiral
General Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal

Vice Admiral
Admiral
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
General Air Marshal
Air Marshal

Rear Admiral
Admiral
Major
Major
General Air Vice Marshal

Commodore Brigadier
Brigadier
Air Commodore

Captain Colonel
Colonel
Group Captain

Commander
Commander
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Colonel
Colonel
Wing Commander
Commander

Lt. Commander
Commander
Major
Major
Squadron Leader

Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Captain Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant

Sub Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Flying Officer
Flying Officer

JUNIOR COMMISSIONED RANKS

Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Subedar Major
Major
Master warrant officer

Master Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Subedar Warrant officer
Warrant officer

Chief Petty Officer Naib Subedar Junior warrant officer

NON-COMMISSIONED RANKS

Petty Officer Havildar Sergeant
Sergeant

Leading Seaman
Leading Seaman
Naik Corporal
Corporal

Seaman 1 Lance Naik Leading aircraftsman

Seaman 2 Sepoy Aircraftsman

FOOTNOTES

* ^ Risaldar Major
Major
in cavalry and armoured regiments * ^ Risaldar in cavalry and armoured regiments

* ^ Naib Risaldar in cavalry and armoured regiments. Called as Jemadar until 1965.

AIRMEN

The duty of an airman in the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
is to make sure that all the air and ground operations run smoothly. From operating Air Defence systems to fitting missiles, they are involved in all activities of an air base and give support to various technical and non-technical jobs. The airmen of Technical trades are responsible for maintenance, repair and prepare for use the propulsion system of aircraft and other airborne weapon delivery system, Radar, Voice/Data transmission and reception equipment, latest airborne weapon delivery systems, all types of light, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic systems of airborne missiles, aero engines, aircraft fuelling equipment and heavy duty mechanical vehicles, cranes and loading equipment etc. The competent and qualified Airmen from Technical trades also participate in flying as Flight Engineers, Flight Signallers and Flight Gunners. The recruitment of personnel below officer rank is conducted through All India
India
Selection Tests and Recruitment Rallies. All India
India
Selection Tests are conducted among 15 Airmen Selection Centres (ASCs) located all over India. These centres are under the direct functional control of Central Airmen Selection Board (CASB), with administrative control and support by respective commands. The role of CASB is to carry out selection and enrolment of airmen from the Airmen Selection Centres for their respective commands. Candidates initially take a written test at the time of application. Those passing the written test undergo a physical fitness test, an interview conducted in English, and medical examination. Candidates for training are selected from individuals passing the battery of tests, on the basis of their performance. Upon completion of training, an individual becomes an Airman. Some MWOs and WOs are granted honorary commission in the last year of their service as an honorary Flying Officer
Flying Officer
or Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant
before retiring from the service. Airmen during Air Force Day celebration. The logo (roundel ) of IAF can be seen on the aircraft.

RANKS OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE – ENLISTED RANKS

JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER

ENLISTED

SHOULDER

ARM

SLEEVE

RANK Master warrant officer Warrant officer
Warrant officer
Junior warrant officer Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Corporal
Leading aircraftsman Aircraftsman

HONORARY OFFICERS

* Sachin Tendulkar was the first sportsperson and the first civilian without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force.

NON COMBATANTS ENROLLED AND CIVILIANS

Non combatants enrolled (NCs(E)) were established in British India
India
as personal assistants to the officer class, and are equivalent to the orderly or sahayak of the Indian Army.

Almost all the commands have some percentage of civilian strength which are central government employees. These are regular ranks which are prevalent in ministries. They are usually not posted outside their stations and are employed in administrative and non-technical work.

TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Main article: Military academies in India
India

The Indian Armed Forces have set up numerous military academies across India
India
for training its personnel, such as the National Defence Academy (NDA). Besides the tri-service institutions, the Indian Air Force has a Training Command and several training establishments. While technical and other support staff are trained at various Ground Training Schools, the pilots are trained at the Air Force Academy, Dundigul (located in Hyderabad
Hyderabad
). The Pilot Training Establishment at Allahabad , the Air Force Administrative College at Coimbatore
Coimbatore
, the School of Aviation
Aviation
Medicine at Bangalore
Bangalore
, the Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
Bangalore
at Jalahalli
Jalahalli
, the Tactics and Air Combat and Defence Establishment at Gwalior
Gwalior
, and the Paratrooper’s Training School at Agra
Agra
are some of the other training establishments of the IAF.

AIRCRAFT

Main article: List of active Indian military aircraft

CURRENT INVENTORY

An Indian SU-30K Flanker landing at Gwalior
Gwalior
airbase A C-130J Hercules on approach A Mil Mi-8 flying over 2007 Aero India
India
2007 A Ilyushin Il-76 at RAIT 2007 An AEW"> A HAL Dhruv on the Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Sarang display team

AIRCRAFT ORIGIN TYPE VARIANT IN SERVICE NOTES

COMBAT AIRCRAFT

MiG-21
MiG-21
Russia
Russia
fighter

245

MiG-27 Russia
Russia
ground attack

66

MiG-29
MiG-29
Russia
Russia
multirole

66

HAL Tejas
HAL Tejas
India
India
multirole

3 117 on order

Mirage 2000 France
France
multirole 2000 H/I 45

Sukhoi Su-30 Russia
Russia
multirole Su-MKI 200 53 on order

Dassault Rafale France
France
multirole B/C

36 on order

SEPECAT Jaguar UK / France
France
attack M/S 130

AWACS

EMB-145 Brazil
Brazil
AEW&C

1

Beriev A-50
Beriev A-50
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
AEW"> Tejas

* SEPECAT Jaguar : The SEPECAT Jaguar known as Shamsher serves as the IAF's primary ground attack force. The IAF currently operates 139 Jaguars. * Mikoyan MiG-27 : The Mikoyan MiG-27 known as Bahadur (Hindi for Valiant) serves as the IAF's primary ground attack force. The IAF currently operates over 85 MiG-27s. * Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21
MiG-21
: The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21
MiG-21
serves as an Interceptor aircraft in the IAF. The IAF have phased out most of its MiG-21s and plans to keep only 125 that have been upgraded to MiG-21 Bison standard. These aircraft will be phased out between 2014 and 2017.

AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT

The IAF is currently training the crew in operating the indigenously developed DRDO AEW&CS flying on the Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. The IAF also operates the EL/W-2090 Phalcon AEW"> Boeing
Boeing
C-17 Globemaster III

For strategic airlift operations the IAF uses the Ilyushin Il-76 , known as Gajraj (Hindi for King Elephant) in Indian service. The IAF operated 17 Il-76s in 2010, which are in the process of being replaced by C-17 Globemaster IIIs .

The IAF C-130Js are used by special forces for combined Army-Air Force operations. India
India
purchased six C-130Js; however one crashed at Gwalior
Gwalior
on 28 March 2014 while on a training mission, killing all 5 on board and destroying the aircraft. The Antonov An-32 , known in Indian service as the Sutlej (named for the Sutlej River ), serves as a medium transport aircraft in the IAF. The aircraft is also used in bombing roles and para-dropping operations. The IAF currently operates 105 An-32s, all of which are being upgraded. The Dornier Do 228 serves as light transport aircraft in the IAF. The IAF also operates Boeing
Boeing
737s and Embraer ECJ-135 Legacy aircraft as VIP transports and passenger airliners for troops. Other VIP transport aircraft are used for both the President of India
India
and the Prime Minister of India
India
under the call sign Air India
India
One .

The Hawker Siddeley HS 748 once formed the backbone of the IAF's transport fleet, but are now used mainly for training and communication duties. A replacement is under consideration.

TRAINER AIRCRAFT

IAF BAE Hawk Mk 132 .

The HAL HPT-32 Deepak is IAF's basic flight training aircraft for cadets. The HPT-32 was grounded in July 2009 following a crash that killed two senior flight instructors, but was revived in May 2010 and is to be fitted with a parachute recovery system (PRS) to enhance survivability during an emergency in the air and to bring the trainer down safely. The HPT-32 is to be phased out soon. The HPT 32 has been replaced by Pilatus, a Swiss aircraft. The IAF uses the HAL HJT-16 Kiran mk.I for intermediate flight training of cadets, while the HJT-16 Kiran mk.II provides advanced flight and weapons training. The HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.2 is also operated by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) of the IAF. The Kiran is to be replaced by the HAL HJT-36 Sitara . The BAE Hawk Mk 132 serves as an advanced jet trainer in the IAF and is progressively replacing the Kiran Mk.II. The IAF has begun the process of converting the Surya Kiran display team to Hawks. A total of 106 BAE Hawk trainers have been ordered by the IAF of which 39 have entered service as of July 2010. IAF also ordered 72 Pipistrel Virus
Pipistrel Virus
SW 80 microlight aircraft for basic training purpose.

HELICOPTERS

Mi-35 attack helicopter over the Indian landscape

The HAL Dhruv serves primarily as a light utility helicopter in the IAF. In addition to transport and utility roles, newer Dhruvs are also used as attack helicopters. 4 Dhruvs are also operated by the Indian Air Force Sarang Helicopter
Helicopter
Display Team. The HAL Chetak is a light utility helicopter and is used primarily for training, rescue and light transport roles in the IAF. The HAL Chetak is being gradually replaced by HAL Dhruv. The HAL Cheetah is a light utility helicopter used for high altitude operations. It is used for both transport and search-and-rescue missions in the IAF.

The Mil Mi-8 and the Mil Mi-17 , Mi-17 1V and Mi-17V 5 are operated by the IAF for medium lift strategic and utility roles. The Mi-8 is being progressively replaced by the Mi-17 series of helicopters. The IAF has ordered 22 Boeing
Boeing
AH-64E Apache attack Helicopters, 68 HAL Light Combat Helicopters(LCH),35 HAL Rudra attack Helicopters, 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters and 150 Mi-17V-5s to replace and augment its existing fleet of Mi-8s and Mi-17s and Mi-24's. The Mil Mi-26 serves as a heavy lift helicopter in the IAF. It can also be used to transport troops or as a flying ambulance. The IAF currently operates 3 Mi-26s.

The Mil Mi-35 serves primarily as an attack helicopter in the IAF. The Mil Mi-35 can also act as a low-capacity troop transport. The IAF currently operates 2 squadrons (No.104 Firebirds and No.125 Gladiators) of Mi-25/35s.

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

The IAF currently uses the IAI Searcher II and IAI Heron
IAI Heron
for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes. The IAI Harpy
IAI Harpy
serves as an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) which is designed to attack radar systems. The IAF also operates the DRDO Lakshya which serves as realistic towed aerial sub-targets for live fire training.

LAND-BASED MISSILE SYSTEMS

Akash missile .

SURFACE-TO AIR MISSILES

The SPYDER
SPYDER
(Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an Israeli short and medium range mobile air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The SPYDER
SPYDER
is a low-level, quick-reaction surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones, and precision-guided munitions. It provides air defence for fixed assets and for point and area defence for mobile forces in combat areas. Six SPYDER-MRs along with 300 Python-5 surface to missiles (SAMs) and 300 Derby SAMs are in service with the Indian Air Force

The S-125 Pechora and the 9K33 Osa as Surface-to-air missile systems in service are being replaced with the Akash medium range surface-to-air missile system. A total of 8 squadrons has been ordered so far out of which 2 squadrons have been delivered and stationed at Gwalior
Gwalior
and Pune.

BALLISTIC MISSILES

The IAF currently operates the Prithvi-II short-range ballistic missile (SRBM). The Prithvi-II is an IAF-specific variant of the Prithvi ballistic missile.

FUTURE OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE

Main article: Future of the Indian Air Force

The number of aircraft in the IAF has been decreasing from the late 1990s due to retirement of older aircraft and several crashes. To deal with the depletion of force levels, the IAF has started to modernise its fleet. This includes both the upgrade of existing aircraft, equipment and infrastructure as well as induction of new aircraft and equipment, both indigenous and imported. As new aircraft enter service and numbers recover, the IAF plans to have a fleet of 42 squadrons.

EXPECTED FUTURE ACQUISITIONS

Single-engined Fighter

On 3 January 2017, Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar addressed a media conference and announced plans for a competition to select a Strategic Partner to deliver "... 200 new single engine fighters to be made in India, which will easily cost around ( USD
USD
)$45 million apiece without weaponry" with an expectation that Lockheed Martin (USA) and Saab (Sweden) will pitch the F-16
F-16
BLOCK 70 and GRIPEN , respectively. An MoD official said that a global tender will be put to market in the first quarter of 2018, with a private company nominated as the strategic partners production agency followed by a two or more year process to evaluate technical and financial bids and conduct trials, before the final government-to-government deal in 2021. This represents 11 squadrons of aircraft plus several 'attrition' aircraft.

CURRENT ACQUISITIONS

The IAF has placed orders for 120 HAL Tejas
HAL Tejas
fighters, 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters, 112 Pilatus PC-7 MkII basic trainers, 72 HAL HJT-36 Sitara trainers, 72 Pipistrel Virus
Pipistrel Virus
SW 80 microlight aircraft, 10 C-17 Globemaster III strategic air-lifters, 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters , 139 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. and the IAF has also ordered 18 Israeli SPYDER
SPYDER
Surface to Air Missile (SAM) units. IAF has also ordered 6 Airbus A330 tanker aircraft, 22 AH-64E Apache Longbow heavy attack helicopters, 15 CH-47F medium lift helicopters and IAI Harop
IAI Harop
UCAVs. India
India
is also planning to set up an assembly line of American Lockheed Martin F-16
F-16
Fighting Falcon Block 70 in Bengaluru. It is not yet confirmed whether IAF will induct these aircraft or not. CH-47F Chinook

The IAF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for 16 C-27J Spartan medium military transport aircraft. A new Request For Information has been issued to replace Hawker Siddeley HS 748 for $2.4 billion. The IAF also submitted a request for information to international suppliers for a stealth unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV)

DRDO AND HAL PROJECTS

Indian defence companies such as HAL and DRDO are developing several aircraft for the IAF such as the HAL Tejas
HAL Tejas
, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), DRDO AEWborder:solid #aaa 1px">

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NOTES

* ^ According to an Indian reports, a MiG-27 crashed from engine trouble and the escorting MiG-21
MiG-21
was shot down by Pakistani fire while trying to aid the downed pilot. The MiG-21
MiG-21
pilot was killed and the MiG-27 pilot was taken as a war prisoner. Pakistan
Pakistan
claims both jets were downed by Pakistani air defence after they crossed into its territory. India
India
claims they were lost over Indian territory.

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