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A Look at the Mighty Fighter Jet Fleet of the Indian Air Force: Rafale, Tejas, Sukhoi and More

India celebrated its 71st Republic Day on 26th January, 2020 and like every year, Indian Air Force hosted a spectacular air display at the Republic Day Parade that included attack and transport aircrafts of the IAF.

41 Aircrafts including helicopters, jets and transporters participated in the parade, while combat ready attack helicopter Apache and Chinook made their debut. Unfortunately, both Rafale and Tejas were not on display, however Sukhoi Su-30 MKI performed some daredevil stunts. Here’s a list of all the active fighter jets also called the multi-role fighters and strike aircraft owned by the Indian Air Force, from Sukhoi Su30MKI to the Tejas LCA.

Rafale

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons and missiles and the first squadron of the aircraft will be deployed at Ambala air force station, considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF.

The Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from there. The second squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal. The Rafale is a modern fighter jet known for its agility, speed, weapon holding capacity and attack capability.

The Dassault Rafale has a delta wing design and is capable of g-forces as high as 11g (in case of emergency). The Rafale is available in both single and dual seating cabin (India ordered 28 single and 8 dual seater Rafale).

Mirage-2000

The Mirage-2000 is undoubtedly one of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) most versatile and deadliest aircraft and it was first commissioned in 1985. Soon after inducting the Mirage, IAF gave it the name – Vajra – meaning lightning thunderbolt in Sanskrit. The Mirage-2000 is developed by Dassault Aviation and took its first flight in 1978 and was inducted in the French Air Force in 1984.

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