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Types Of Aircraft In Indian Navy

Most of the time it’s the Indian Air Force aspirants who surf on the internet to know about “Types of Aircraft” but hardly there is someone who seeks to know the Types of Aircraft in the Indian Navy. So in this informative blog dedicated to all Indian Navy aspirants, we are going to tell the types of aircraft used by our proud Indian Navy. After getting through it you will get the basic idea.  Firstly for a first-timer let’s learn about the term Indian Navy Air Arm or Naval Aviators.

What Is Naval Air Arm/Naval Aviator in Indian Navy?

The Indian Naval Air Arm is the aviation branch and a fighting arm of the Indian Navy which is tasked to provide an aircraft carrier-based strike capability, fleet air defence, maritime reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. Read the Followings are the types of aircraft.

List Of Active Types of Aircraft & Helicopters Used In Indian Navy

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service
Combat Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia multirole MiG-29K 36
Maritime patrol
Boeing P-8 United States ASW / patrol P-8I 9
Ilyushin Il-38 Soviet Union ASW / patrol 5
Dornier Do 228 Germany surveillance 228-201 25
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom utility / patrol BN-2B/2T 10
Kamov Ka-31 Russia AEW 14
SH-60 Seahawk United States ASW / SAR MH-60R
Kamov Ka-27 Russia ASW Ka-28 14
Westland Sea King United Kingdom SAR / utility Mk.42B/C 31
HAL Dhruv India utility 9
HAL Chetak France liaison / light utility 35
Trainer Aircraft
MiG-29 Russia Conversion trainer MiG-29KUB 8
BAE Hawk United Kingdom Jet trainer Hawk 132 17
HAL Kiran India Jet trainer 20
IAI Heron Israel surveillance Heron 1
IAI Searcher Israel surveillance Mk. I / II
DRDO Lakshya India target drone 39
MQ-9 Reaper United States Unmanned combat aerial vehicle 2 2 leased for maritime surveillance in the Indian Ocean region.

Types Of Aircraft In Indian Navy 

Following is the serial wise description of types of aircraft used in Indian Navy -Navy Aviators (Indian Navy Air Arm)

  • Indian Navy MiG-29 

MiG 29 is Russian-made fighter aircraft. Its length is 17.32 meters. The aircraft can fly with a maximum weight of 18,000 kg (44,100 lb). Its fuel capacity is 3,500 kg (7,716 lb). In July this year (2020), India has approved the purchase of 21 new MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia, in view of the conflict with China on the Ladakh border. It is one of the most important types of aircraft.

Parameters Details
Aircraft MIG-29K
Manufacturer MIKOYAN
Operational Speed 1370 MPH
Service Ceiling 57,400FT
Range 1240 Miles


  • Boeing P-8 Poseidon

Boeing P-8 Poseidon, formerly known as Multimission Maritime Aircraft, is a military maritime patrol aircraft developed for the United States Navy. The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is developed by Boeing Defense, Space and Security. Boeing P-8s are capable of Poseidon anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and shipping manoeuvres. This includes torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys (expandable sonar system).

Parameters Details
Aircraft Boeing P-8I
Manufacturer Boeing
Operational Speed 450 MPH
Service Ceiling 40,000 FT
Range 4,500 NM


  • Ilyushin IL-38

Ilyushin IL-38 )Dolphin” (NATO reporting name: May) is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. This was the development of Ilyushin IL-18 turboprop transport.

Parameters Details
Aircraft Ilyushin IL-38
Manufacturer Moscow Machinery, Soviet Union
Operational Speed Ilyushin
Service Ceiling 12,000 MFT
Range 4,050 NM


  • Dornier Do 228

Dornier Do 228 aircraft is a highly versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft. It has been developed specifically to meet the manifold requirements of utility and commuter transport, third level services and air-taxi operations, coast guard duties and maritime surveillance.

Parameters/Features Details/Information
Aircraft Dornier 228
Manufacturer Dornier GMBH
Operational Speed 196 MPH
Service Ceiling 28,000 FT
Range 823 Miles


That’s the wrap-up of this interesting and informative blog for types of aircraft in the Indian Navy. We hope that you found it helpful. Stay connected with TDA Blog for more latest Defence Exam notifications, exam updates, etc.


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