Which aircraft will the IAF AN32 replace?

Indian Air Force



The Indian Air Force is from Marshal of the Indian Air Force commanded. He stands at the headquarters of the Air Force, Air HQ, the chief of staff, Chief of the Air Staff, to the side. The staff is divided into various areas of responsibility such as personnel, maintenance, inspection and aviation security as well as administration.

The deployment in the area is divided into five regional operational commandos, Air Commands, as top management level:

The military airfields in their respective regions are subordinate to these (see below). There are also two supra-regional functional commands for maintenance, Maintenance, and training, training.

Aerobatic teams


The current planning is based on the 13th five-year financial plan for defense, the planning horizon of which extends into 2022. This year the IAF will consist of around 40 squadrons with 700 to 800 multi-role combat aircraft. In addition to new combat aircraft, strategic transport and tanker aircraft are also to be procured, with which the traditional area of ​​operations, the Indian subcontinent, can be left. The modernization is to be rounded off by a number of new helicopters. Many of the new machines are to be manufactured, at least in part, in the country, but currently mostly imported aircraft types are in operation, a total of more than 30 different types of aircraft and helicopters.

Originally, the IAF was to be expanded by 250 to 300 new stealth fighter aircraft of the Sukhoi / HAL FGFA type and 126 new multi-purpose fighter aircraft to replace the outdated MiG-21s. The American F-18 Superhornet and F-16IN Super Viper, the Eurofighter Typhoon from EADS, the French Dassault Rafale, the Russian MiG-35 and the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen were available. In April 2011 the Rafale and the Eurofighter in the final selection.[1] The announcement of the decision was delayed several times. In January 2012 the decision for the Rafale was announced.[2] India withdrew from the FGFA program in 2018.[3]


Active aircraft

The Indian Air Force has the following fleet (as of the end of 2020):[4]

Former aircraft


The military airfields, Air Force Stations (AFS), are subordinate to the five regional operational commandos. The IAF operates over 60 places, with the Western film (between Punjab and Uttar Pradesh) and that Eastern Air Command (in the east and northeast) with well over a dozen each are the two largest commands. The South Western Air Command (opposite Pakistan in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan) operates around a dozen AFS. That’s what follows Southern Air Command (including two bases on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and, as the smallest, that Central Air Command (in Madhya Pradesh and neighboring regions). Half of the bases are scheduled to begin in the next few years as part of 2009 Modernization of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) program. Only some of the more important bases are listed below, for a more complete list see the list of airports in India.

  • Western Air Command
    • Ambala AFS, Amabala, Haryana, fighter aircraft base with Jaguar and first Rafale base in the future (5.,14. and 17th Squadron)
    • Bathinda AFS, Bathinda, Punjab, ERJ-145 (200th Squadron, the first base modernized as part of the MAFI program until 2012)
    • Halwara AFS, Halwara, Punjab, fighter aircraft base with Su-30 (220. and 221st Squadron)
    • Hindon AFS, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, fighter aircraft base near the capital with C-130J of the special forces (77th Squadron), C-17A (81st Squadron) and some smaller units - the first station to be modernized
    • Pathankot AFS, Pathankot, mixed base with MiG-21 (26.), AH-64E (125th Squadron)
  • Eastern Air Command
    • Barrackpore AFS, Barrackpore, West Bengal, air transport base with Mi-17
    • Chabua AFS, Chabua, Assam, fighter aircraft base with Su-30 (102nd Squadron) and the Hawk retraining unit is being modernized
    • Hasimara AFS, Alipurduar, West Bengal, fighter aircraft base, will be modernized, second Rafale base from 2020[10] (22. and 222nd Squadron)
    • Kalaikunda AFS, Kharagpur, West Bengal, fighter aircraft base
    • Arjan Singh (formerly Panagarh) AFS, Panagarh, West Bengal, et al. C-130J (87th Squadron[11]) and possibly also A330-200 MRTT
    • Tezpur AFS, Tezpur, Assam, fighter aircraft base with Su-30 (2. and 106th Squadron) and some helicopters, is being modernized
  • Central Air Command
    • Agra AFS, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, major transport air base, An-32 (12.), An-50 (50.) and Il-78 (78th Squadron) in transport and early warning version
    • Bareilly AFS, Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, fighter aircraft base with Su-30 (8. and 24th Squadron) as well as some helicopters
    • Maharajpur AFS, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, fighter aircraft base with Mirage 2000 (1., 7. and 9th Squadron) as well as a test center
  • South Western Air Command
    • Lohegaon AFS, Pune, Maharashtra, fighter aircraft base with Su-30 (20. and 30th Squadron)
    • Jodhpur AFS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, fighter aircraft base with MiG-21 (32nd Squadron), Su-30 (31st Squadron) and helicopters
  • Southern Air Command
  • Training Command
    • Air Force Academy, Dundigul, Hyderabad
    • Bidar AFS, Karnataka, training base for fighter pilots with Hawk
    • Yelahanka AFS, Yelahanka, Karnataka, training base for transport pilots with An-32


  • On April 27, 1975, a Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 748 became part of the Indian Air Force (IAF H-1520) irreparably damaged in an aircraft accident in Yallahanpur. Further details are not known.[12]
  • On June 7, 1979, a Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 748 of the Indian Air Force crashed (IAF H-2178) near the Karmwal Pass on a mountain. All 28 inmates were killed.[13]
  • On March 25, 1991, a Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 748 of the Indian Air Force rose (IAF H-1513) barely when taking off from the Yelahanka Air Force Base and only reached a height of 50 meters. It collided with a stone wall, fell and caught fire. All 28 occupants, 3 crew members and 25 passengers were killed.[14]
  • On December 24, 1996, a Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 748 of the Indian Air Force crashed (IAF H-1032) at Dubagunta (India). First the left engine broke off and then the left wing. All 22 occupants, 4 crew members and 18 passengers were killed.[15]

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Flight International, US confirms India fighter rejection, accessed May 1, 2011.
  2. ↑ Hasnain Kazim: EADS loses a billion-dollar contract: India prefers to buy low-cost airlines. In: spiegel.de. January 31, 2012, accessed July 28, 2020.
  3. India withdraws from FGFA project, leaving Russia to go it alone. Jane's 360, May 23, 2018, accessed July 22, 2020.
  4. World Air Forces 2021. flightglobal.com, accessed April 5, 2021.
  5. ↑ Aria Egozi: Indian air force orders Harop loitering munitions. flightglobal.com, April 10, 2010, accessed April 5, 2021.
  6. abIndia tops list of drone-importing nations. Business Standard, May 4, 2015, accessed April 5, 2021.
  7. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited delivers 'Lakshya-1' aircraft to Bharat Dynamics Limited. In: Web Archive. The Indian Express, July 27, 2013, accessed April 5, 2021.
  8. . Janes, December 27, 2019
  9. Restored Dakota DC3 aircraft to join IAF vintage fleet. The Economic Times, April 14, 2018, accessed April 5, 2021.
  10. ↑ Indian Air Force reading second airbase for Rafale fighters, Janes, December 12, 2018
  11. ↑ India deploys C-130J-30 transports near disputed border with China, Janes, July 28, 2017 (Memento of August 2, 2017 in Internet Archive)
  12. ↑ Accident report HAL 748 IAF H-1520, Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on October 21, 2019.
  13. ↑ Accident report HAL 748 IAF H-2178, Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on October 21, 2019.
  14. ↑ Accident report HAL 748 IAF H-1513, Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on October 21, 2019.
  15. ↑ Accident report HAL 748 IAF H-1032, Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on October 21, 2019.