Our Indian Air force ( IAF ) has a vast range of fighter jet & aircraft, which is saving us from the sky or helping people or solder on remote areas. It is also the 4th Largest Air Force in the world with the size of 1,27,000 active personnel and about 1820 active aircraft. The primary responsibility of IAF is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare. Here are the top 10 aircraft currently in service with Indian Airforce.
• Ilyushin I1-78:
Ilyushin I1- 78 is a Soviet-made aerial refueling tanker with four engines. It based on the Ilyushin I1- 76. The powerplant used is four Aviadvigatel D-30KP turbofan engines pushing out a 27,000- pound-force of thrust each. The aircraft can achieve a top speed of 850 km/h. It made its first appearance in the Indian Air Forced parade in 2003. India has got its first two aircraft in the first half od 2003.
• Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules:
With the range and flexibility for every theatre of operations and evolving requirements, this transport aircraft has made by American manufacturer Lockheed Martin. IAF also added some indigenously produced equipment to the plane for better airlifted. The aircraft is powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines with Dowty R391 6-blade composite propeller, 1 per engine. The aircraft can do a maximum speed of 671 km/h. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters.
• HAL Tejas:
Small, lightweight, multirole, is the perfect adjective for the HAL Tejas, which is a single-engine tactical fighter aircraft. This single-seat fighter plane is manufactured by Aeronautical Development Agency ( ADA ) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ( HAL ) for Indian Air Force & Navy. The powerplant used in this aircraft is General Electric F404-GE-F2J3 turbofan engines with afterburn. The aircraft can fly at a speed of Mach 1.8 (2,205 km/h) and at a maximum altitude of 15,200m.
• SEPECAT Jaguar:
SEPECAT Jaguar is a twin-engine Ground attack aircraft designed & developed by Breguet of France ( now part of Dassault ) and the UK-based British Aircraft Corporation ( BAC ). The aircraft uses two Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 102 turbofans, providing a 5,115-pound-force of thrust each. The jet can achieve a maximum speed of 1,699 km/h at 11,000m. IAF ordered 40 Jaguars built in Europe and 120 license-built aircraft from HAL under the local name Shamsher (“Sword of Justice”).
• Mikoyan MiG-27:
The MiG-27 was developed as a fully optimized fighter-bomber based on the MiG-23BM built by the Mikoyan design bureau in the Soviet Union. In India, HAL has manufactured 165 MiG-27Ms under license (known by MiG as MiG-27Ls). The MiG-27s is a Ground attack aircraft and capable of an automatic night or bad weather blind bombing with a very high degree of accuracy. It is powered by a single Khatchaturov R-29B-300 afterburning turbojet engine putting out a 25,360-pound-force of thrust. This fighter jet can do 1,885 km/h at 8,000-metre altitude.
• Dassault Mirage, 2000:
Dassault Mirage 2000 is a single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It is a French multirole fourth-generation fighter plane. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter based on the Mirage III for the French Air Force. The aircraft is powered by a single SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan. It can achieve a top speed of 2,336 km/h. Indian Air Force has a total number of 59 Mirage 2000 in service since 1985. In 1999 During the Kargil war with Pakistan, The Mirage 2000 has a vital role in Guarding the Himalayas.
• Mikoyan MiG-29:
Mikoyan MiG-29 is A jet fighter aircraft manufactured by Mikoyan in the Soviet Union. It has twin Klimov RD-33 afterburning turbofans that produce an 8,300-pound-force of thrust each. The maximum speed of the aircraft is 2400 km/h. This particular aircraft was extensively used during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir by the IAF.
• Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21:
A supersonic fighter jet designed by Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. The aircraft’s powerplant is a single Tumansky R25-300 producing 15,650-pound-force of thrust with afterburner. The plane can do a maximum speed of 2,175 km/h. AF is the third-largest operator of the MiG 21s. Now IAF has 252 operational MiG-21s.
• Sukhoi Su-30MKI:
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a super-maneuverable twinjet air superiority fighter which is manufactured under license from Russia by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force. This multirole air superiority fighter jet has two Lyulka Al-31FP thrust vectoring turbofans producing 27,560-pound-force each with afterburner. The jet can achieve a top speed of 2,100 km/h.