This article covers the list of fighter jets in India.
Below is the list of Indian fighter jets.
- 54 MiG 21
- 65 MiG 29
- 118 Jaguar
- 272 Su-30MKI
- 45 Mirage 2000
- 18 Tejas
- 12 Rafale
There are total of 54 MiG 21 fighter jets serving in India. MiG 21 is a Russian origin fighter jet. It is made by Mikoyan Gurevich Company of Russia. It is a single-seater 3rd generation fighter aircraft that has length of 14.7 meter width of 7.154 meters and height of 4.1 meters. This aircraft has an empty weight of 5846 kg and it can carry weapon load up to 2879 kg. It has fire range of 640 to 800 kilometers. This aircraft can cruise at a speed of Mach 2.1.
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|Length/Width/Height||14.7 m/ 7.154 m/ 4.1 m|
|Weapon load||2,879 kg|
|Fire range||640- 800 km|
|Total no. Of jets||54|
This aircraft is made by Sepecat Company of UK and France. This is the oldest fighter jet in India. It is a twin-engine 3rd generation fighter aircraft which were used as a frontline fighter in 1960 and 70s. This fighter aircraft has a length of 16.3 meter width of 8.69 meters and height of 4.89 meters. This aircraft has a lightweight of 7,000 kg and it could carry a payload of 3954 kg. Fire range of this aircraft is 908 kilometers which is very less but during 1960 it was considered as the best fighter. It could cruise at a speed of Mach 1.3.
|Country of Origin||U.K-France|
|Length/Width/Height||16.83 m/8.69 m/ 4.89 m|
|Weapon load||3,954 kg|
|Fire range||908 km|
|Total no. Of jets||118|
MiG 29 is India’s interceptor aircraft which is of Russian origin. This aircraft is made by Mikoyan company. This is a twin-engine aircraft which termed as 4th generation fighter. It has a length of 17.3 meters, width of 11.36 meter,s and height of 4.73 meters. This aircraft can cruise at a speed of Mach 2.25. It could carry weapon load of 3900 kg and the weight of the aircraft is 11,000 kg. The firing range of this aircraft is 1430 kilometers. There are a total of 65 MiG 29 serving in the Indian Air Force. During its high time, it was considered as the best interceptor aircraft in the world.
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|Length/Width/Height||17.32 m/11.36 m/4.73 m|
|Weapon load||3,900 kg|
|Fire range||1,430 km|
|Total no. Of jets||65|
Mirage 2000 is an aircraft of the Dassault Aviation. It is a French aircraft which where came to service in India during the 1990s. It is a single-engine 4th generation fighter aircraft. It has length of 14.36 meter, width of 9.13 meters, and height of 5.2 meters. The weight of the aircraft is 7500 kg and it could carry a Weapon load of almost equal to its weight that is 6300 kg. It can cruise at a speed of Mach 2.2. It has fire range of 1550 kilometers. Total 45 Mirage 2000 is active in service in India.
|Country of Origin||France|
|Length/Width/Height||14.36 m/ 9.13 m/ 5.2 m|
|Weapon load||6,300 kg|
|Fire range||1,550 km|
|Total no. Of jets||45|
Su30MKI is India’s frontline aircraft which made by Sukhoi corporation. This aircraft is a Russian origin aircraft but its manufacturing is done in India. When India signed a pact for this aircraft then 10 aircraft were manufactured in Russia and rest aircrafts manufacturing was started in India itself. It is twin-engine 4.5th generation fighter aircraft. It has a length of 21.93 meters, width of 14.7 meter,s and height of 6.36 meters. It is a heavy-weight fighter with 18,400 kg empty weight which could carry 8,300 kg of warheads. This aircraft has fire range of 3000 kilometers and it could Cruise at a speed of Mark 2 with full load. There are total of 272 Su30MKI to be delivered to Indian Air force but currently, 260 aircraft are serving in country, and rest 12 aircraft manufacturing is undergoing.
|Country of Origin||Russia-India|
|Company||Sukhoi – KnAAPO-Irkut Corporation|
|Length/Width/Height||21.93m/14.7 m/6.36 m|
|Weapon load||8,300 kg|
|Fire range||3000 km|
|Total no. Of jets||272|
Tejas is India’s indigenous made fighter aircraft. This aircraft is designed and manufactured by Hindustan aeronautics limited. Tezas is a single-engine, 4th generation fighter aircraft. It is a lightweight aircraft with weight of 6,560 kg. It is also very smaller in size. Its length is 13.2 meters, width is 8.2 meters and height is 4.4 meters. It could carry a weapon load of 3,340 kg with a speed of Mach 1.6. It has a firing range of 1,850 kilometers. Indian Army has ordered a total 40 Tezas Mark 1 aircraft of which 18 aircrafts are serving in Indian Army and 22 are yet to be delivered.
|Country of Origin||India|
|Length/Width/Height||13.2 m/ 8.2 m/ 4.4 m|
|Weapon load||3,340 kg|
|Fire range||1,850 km|
|Total no. Of jets||18(22 more to deliver)|
Rafale is the most advanced fighter aircraft made by the Dassault Aviation Company of France. 8 years ago India has ordered 114 Raffles jets but due to some political issues these aircraft were not delivered. After some negotiation 36 Rafale fighters were confirmed by the Indian Government and first batch of Rafale has been delivered to India in 2020. There are total of 12 Rafale Jets deliver to India and 24 Jets will be delivered in 2021. Rafale is a twin-engine 4.5th generation fighter aircraft with a firing range of 3,700 kilometers. It has length of 15.27 meters, width of 10.90 meter,s and height of 5.34 meters. It could carry a weapon load of 4,600 kg. Its empty weight is 10,300 kg and it could cruise at a speed of Mach 1.8.
|Country of Origin||France|
|Length/Width/ Height||15.27 m/10.90 m/5.34 m|
|Weapon load||4,600 kg|
|Fire range||3,700 km|
|Total no. Of jets||12 (24 more to deliver)|