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Transformation of the

IAF

Published by


Transformation of the

IAF Editor-in-Chief Jayant Baranwal

Senior Editors

Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey, Air Marshal (Retd) Anil Chopra

Published by

1964 - 2014

50 years


Transformation of the IAF

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Transformation of the

IAF

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Indian Air Force crest: Symbol of source of inspiration and encouragement to touch the sky with glory. 05/09/13 3:11 PM

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Contents 06    Foreword 08    A Word from Editor-in-Chief 10  The Indian Air Force 1932-1990 13  Fighters & Bombers 33  Transport Aircraft 51  Helicopters

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67  Trainer Aircraft 75  Force Multipliers 87   Missiles & Radars 97  Exercises 113  Aid to Civil Administration 123  Human Resource 135  Showcase 151  Our Partner Transformation

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air chief marshal NAK Browne PVSM AVSM VM ADC

Foreword

IAF’s ongoing transformation phase draws its sustenance from the calibre, commitment and the single-minded focus of our proud men and women who excel in their daily mission.


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IAF’s ongoing transformation phase draws its sustenance from the calibre, commitment and the single-minded focus of our proud men and women who excel in their daily mission. Operating in some of the most challenging and diverse operational environments of the world, they resolutely strive to uphold all the noble values and ideals that truly symbolise the ‘Air Warrior spirit’. Standing at the threshold of a new beginning and looking back proudly at decades of our glorious past, we salute the pioneering spirit and resolute service of our predecessors. It is indeed this pride in our rich legacy which strengthens our resolve to brave the transformational challenges. The coffee-table book “Transformation of the IAF” truly encapsulates the rich history of the IAF in all its glory. Its thoughtfully organised sections highlight the long and arduous, but a rather rewarding journey, not only of our aviation assets but also showcases our deep involvement in undertaking various important nation building tasks. A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. The meticulous selection of pictures which adorn the pages of this coffee-table book truly substantiates this thought. I am sure that this pictorial tribute will be cherished by all Air Warriors, past and present. My sincere compliments to SP Guide Publications and the entire editorial team for their commendable efforts in bringing out such a remarkable publication. Jai Hind!

Air Chief Marshal Chief of the Air Staff

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A Word From Editor-in-Chief

In the last five decades of our association, we have witnessed the Indian Air Force grow from strength to strength, transiting from piston engine aircraft to all-jet fleet. We have shared the pride and joy of the Indian Air Force emerging with flying colours in the several wars that have been thrust upon the nation by our neighbours. Transformation

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A

As the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates 81 years of existence

The Indian Air Force is at present undergoing a major

on October 8 this year, SP Guide Publications takes the

transformation—upgrading

opportunity to felicitate this glorious organisation on the

equipment, missiles, radars, etc. The coffee table book is a

special occasion and expresses deep appreciation and

picturesque manifestation of the IAF’s efforts to transform into

gratitude for the dedicated service rendered by the IAF to

one of the most modern air forces in the world. Illustrated within

the nation over the last eight decades. The IAF has always

different chapters on fighters and bombers, transport aircraft,

remained in the forefront whether confronting the enemy in

helicopters, trainer aircraft, force multipliers, missiles and

war or to bringing succour to the populace devastated by

radars, exercises, aid to civil administration, human resource

natural calamities or man-made disasters. On our part, we at

and showcase, is the current transformation drive of the IAF.

SP Guide Publications, an organisation that will turn 50 next

The pictorials in the manuscript speak for itself, portraying the

year, are extremely proud to be associated with the Indian

IAF’s vigour and capability.

and

inducting

new

aircraft,

Air Force for the last nearly five decades, right through its adventurous journey.

On the occasion of the 82nd Anniversary of the founding of the Indian Air Force we are proud to present this treatise that

In the last five decades of our association, we have witnessed

reflects the ongoing transformation of this glorious organisation.

the Indian Air Force grow from strength to strength, transiting

We gratefully acknowledge the support that we have received

from piston engine aircraft to an all-jet fleet. We have shared

from the IAF towards the success of our endeavour.

the pride and joy of the IAF emerging with flying colours in the several wars that have been thrust upon the nation by our

We at SP Guide Publications are always in support of the

neighbours.

Indian Air Force and wish the organisation all the very best in its effort to “Touch the Sky with Glory”.

The Indian Air Force has embarked upon a comprehensive modernisation drive with its combat fleet being re-equipped

Jai Hind!

with fourth- and fifth-generation platforms, complete revamp of the transport and rotary-wing fleet, as well as induction of a variety of force multipliers, modern trainer aircraft and potent air defence systems. But what is of greater significance is the focus on development of human resource which finally makes the difference in any organisation. It is indeed heartwarming to

Jayant Baranwal Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

see that this philosophy has been imbibed and is at the heart of the growth story of the Indian Air Force.

Transformation

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IAF

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mig-29 on an air superiority mission

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 T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IAF   f i g h t e r s

&

bombers


Jaguar dropping bombs in lay-down attack mode

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fighters

&

b o m b e r s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

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formidable future of the iaf: The fourth-plus generation Rafale

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 T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IAF   f i g h t e r s

&

bombers


The Rafale displaying its weapons and array of sensors

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fighters

&

b o m b e r s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

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IAF  


the ilyushin IL-76 was the first heavy-lift aircraft to enter service in the mid-1980s

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  Transformation

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the

IAF   T r a n s p o r t

aircraft


an IL-76 parked alongside its flight refuelling aircraft IL-78

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Transport

a i r c r a f t   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

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the

IAF  


the first IAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft gets airborne

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  Transformation

of

the

IAF   T r a n s p o r t

aircraft


IAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft landing

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Transport

airca rf a t   f t   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

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IAF  


the versatile workhorse of the iaf: Mi-17s operate over varied terrain

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 T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IAF   H e l i c o p t e r s


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H e l i c o p t e r s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

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the

IAF  


IAF’s AWACS aircraft escorted by SU-30MKIs

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 T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IA F    F o r c e

m u lt i p l i e r s


A PAIR OF SU-30MKIs RECEIVING FUEL IN FLIGHT FROM AN IAF IL-78 FRA

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Force

m u l t i p l i e r s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IA F  


DRDO-developed Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft of the iaf

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 T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IA F    F o r c e

m u lt i p l i e r s


AEW&C aircraft takes to the air

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Force

m u l t i p l i e r s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IA F  


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IAf su-30MKI and USAF f-16 preparing for the mission at the nellis airbase

  Transformation

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the

IAF   e x e r c i s e s


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e x e r c i s e s   T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

of

the

IAF  


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  Transformation

of

the

IAF   e x e r c i s e s


iaf’s su-30mkis during exercise desert eagle 2008 in uae

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e x e r c i s e s    T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

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the

IAF  


AN IAF commando (GARUD) ON GUARD ABOARD A MI-17 HELICOPTER DURING EXERCISE IRON FIST

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  Transformation

of

the

IAF   e x e r c i s e s


garuds slithering down a mi-17 during exercise iron fist 2013

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e x e r c i s e s    T r a n s f o r m a t i o n

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IAF  


skydiving at an airbase: former air chief marshal sp tyagi leading from the front

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  T r a n s f o r m at i o n

of

the

I A F   S H O W C A S E


iaf’s nine-aircraft Surya Kiran aerobatic team was formed in 1996 to serve as the ‘Ambassador of the Iaf’

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S H O W C A S E    T r a n s f o r m at i o n

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