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INDIAN AIR FORCE

नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम् (Sanskrit); IAST: Nabhaḥ Spr̥śaṁ Dīptam; (Touch the Sky with Glory)

Founded

8 October 1932; 86 years ago

Country India

Type - Air force

Role - Aerial warfare

Size -

139,576 active personnel[1]
Approx. 1,720+ aircraft

Part ofIndian Armed Forces

Headquarters - New Delhi

Colour

Navy blue, sky blue & white 
            

AnniversariesAir Force Day:

8 October

Engagements - Notable operations

Aircraft flown

AttackJaguarMiG-27Harpy

Electronic warfare

A-50E/IDRDO AEW&CS

Fighter - 

Su-30MKIMirage 2000MiG-29MiG-21HAL Tejas

Helicopter -DhruvChetakCheetahMi-8Mi-17Mi-26Mi-25/35HAL Light Combat HelicopterHAL Rudra

Reconnaissance -

 Searcher IIHeron

 Trainer -

 Hawk Mk 132HJT-16 KiranPilatus C-7 Mk II

Transport

C-130JC-17 Globemaster IIIIl-76An-32HS 748Do 228Boeing 737ERJ 135

Tanker - Il-78 MKI

The Indian Air Force 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. 

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 VijayOperation MeghdootOperation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. The IAF's mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions.