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Indian Airforce is the supreme air defender of the Indian armed forces. Due to this, it is also called as the air arm of Indian armed forces. Because of aircraft assets and a number of personnel it is ranked fourth air forces of the world. It has to ensure that the Indian airspace is secured and to conduct aerial warfare during the armed conflict. It was officially established on 8th October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honored India’s aviation service during world war II with the prefix “Royal”. After gaining independence from British her name was Royal Indian Airforce and served in the name of Dominion of India. The prefix “Royal” was dropped in 1950. Since then the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbor Pakistan and one with People’s Republic of China. Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai were the major operations undertaken by IAF. Its missions are not only limited to engagement of hostile forces but also expands beyond with the participation in United Nations peacekeeping mission.
IAF is the 4th largest air force in the world with 1,27,000 active personnel and 1820 active aircraft. Over the recent years, IAF has emerged as the major force in terms of owning most advanced and combat effective aircraft.
In the light of this context ‘5 best aircraft of the Indian Airforce’ shall be the epicenter of discussion. Let’s scroll and see the best of best we have at present.
This aircraft can be employed to carry out short and long range missions. The best part is it can be used to target enemies present at ground and sea both at the same time. One of the best features of this aircraft is the deployed AESA radar which was possessed by the USA only till now.
This aircraft was originally developed in 80’s and has gone several advancements in the last two decades. Mikoyan-MIG 29K has acquired the attention of India and Russia. It doesn’t require a long runway and provides huge advantages by reinforcing undercarriage to facilitate smooth at the deck and in addition to that it has got large wings. For maximum impact, the air to ground weaponry system is optimized. India might get access to Zhuk AE Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar which can prove to be a huge boost in the underlining technology of the aircraft.
The name only reveals itself thanks to its fore delta wing which is an improvement over its specified visual range and it is effective when it comes to smooth surface attack. It is capable to make room for two RBS – 15 or three Marte-ERPs under each of its wings. It can fight and come over stealth fighters thanks to the equipped infra-red search and track technology.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Lockheed C-130 Hercules is touted as the biggest breakthrough in the sphere of F-16 aircraft. Now at present India is being offered the tailored version but earlier we were offered an RFI for F-16C/D Block 52+ configuration. This aircraft can travel at a speed of 386 miles per hour and has a range of up to 2240 miles. Its engine has a horsepower of 4508 hp and is equipped with AN/APG-80 AESA(Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar.
HAL Tejas Multirole Aircraft
Hal Tejas has got delta wing design and like other aircraft, this aircraft is also effective. The highlighted technologies are relaxed static stability, fly-by-wire flight control system, multi mode radar, inherent supersonic system, integrated digital avionics system, tailless design composite material structure, fuselage spine and flat rated engine. This aircraft has lightning speed estimated at 1476 mph and maximum range of 1846 miles. As per the latest reports, this aircraft has completed 2000 flights. Recently this aircraft has gone speeding advancement technology globally and India is sparing no chances to make sure that this aircraft keeps pace with other aircraft in the world.
IAF should take a bold move to improve its fleet as because most of the aircraft are either old or obsolete and below par in comparison with aircraft that other countries possess. Globally there are many competitors who are improving its fleet to make it combat ready. One such example is China and recent aggression of them claiming Doklam validates the above-said statement. In order to win any battle, the air force plays an important role providing support and cover for the ground troops and India has to keep up the pace globally in all spheres(land, air, water) so that no country dares to even think of an invasion of India.