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With 139576 active personnel and approx 1720+ aircrafts, the Indian Air Force Aircraft ranks fourth amongst the biggest air forces in the world.

Indian Air Force is ready to take upon anybody who dares to interfere with India’s Sovereignty or Security. Indian Air Force keeps upgrading itself to ensure that it is ready for modern warfare demands. It has added some new flying machines to its fleet.

Below mentioned are some latest inductions to the Indian Air Force Aircraft Fleet –

Indian Air Force Aircraft #1 Ilyushin IL-78

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  • IIyushin IL – 78 is a Soviet-made aerial refuelling tanker.
  • The Indian Air Force received this four engined first two aircrafts in early 2003 and made its forst appearance in the parade of Air Force Day on 2008.
  • This Aircraft is usually used for air-to-air refuelling purposes and can refuel any aircrafts used in the IAF.
  • It has a top speed of 850 km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #2 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

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  • This transport aircraft was engineered by Lockheed Martin which is US based aircraft manufacturer.
  • The IAF purchased six of them in 2008 and upgraded it with special equipments.
  • Super Hercules contains four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turbo charged engine with a Dowty R391 6-blade propeller.
  • It has a top speed of 671km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #3 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

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  • This transport aircraft was engineered by McDonnell Douglas which is US based aircraft manufacturer from the 1980s.
  • The IAF ordered 10 C-17s in February 2011.
  • It is powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117 – PW – 100 turbofans which produces 40440 pound of thrust in each of its engines.
  • It has a top speed of 829 km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

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  • This supersonic fighter jet was engineered by Mikoyan – Gurevich Design Bureau which is Soviet Union based aircraft manufacturer.
  • With 252 MiG – 21 jets, the IAF is the third largest MiG operator in the world.
  • The aircraft is powered by a single Tumansky R25-300 turbofan engine which produces 15,650-pound of thrust with afterburner.
  • It has a top speed of 2175km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #5 SEPECAT Jaguar

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  • This Anglo – French jet was engineered by SEPECAT.
  • Under the Indian moniker – Shamsher (Sword of Justice), the IAF ordered 40 Jags and 120 licences – built aircraft from HAL.
  • The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 102 turbofans which provides 5,115-pound force of thrust each.
  • It has a top speed of 1699 km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #6 HAL Tejas

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  • This single – seat fighter jet was engineered by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • This Jet is powered by General Electric F404-GE-F2J3 turbofan engines with afterburner.
  • It has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (2205km/h).

Indian Air Force Aircraft #7 Dassault Mirage 2000

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  • This French fourth – generation jet was engineered by Dassault Aviation.
  • The IAF purchased 49 Mirage 2000s in 1980s.
  • It is powered by single SNECMA M53 – P2 turbofan.
  • It has a top speed of 2336km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #8 Mikoyan MiG-29

  • This jet/fighter aircraft was engineered by Mikoyan in the Soviet Union.
  • The IAF was the very first buyer of this jet and got its popularity due to its extensive use in the Kargil War in Kashmir.
  • It is powered by twin Klimov RD-33 turbofans which produces 18,300-pound force of thrust
  • It has a top speed of 2400 km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #9 Dassault Rafale

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  • This twin engine fighter jet was engineered by Dassault Aviation.
  • The IAF chose this uniquely built jet as the most preferred aircraft in 2012.
  • Meteor BVRAAM missiles is equipped in this jet.
  • It has a top speed of 1920 km/h.

Indian Air Force Aircraft #10 Sukhoi Su-30MKI

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  • This fighter jet was engineered in Russia by Sukhoi Design Bureau.
  • Currently, the IAF has 200 Su – 30 MKIs in service.
  • Two Lyulka Al-31FP thrust vectoring turbofans powers this jet and is capable of producing  27,560-pound force each with afterburner.
  • The jet is able to achieve a top speed of 2,100 km/h.

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