Indian Air Force

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Indian Air Force
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Founded
8 October 1932
Country
India
Role
Air superiority, reconnaissance,close air support
Size
127,000 personnel
Approx. 1,622 aircraft[1]
Part of
Ministry of Defence
Indian Armed Forces
Headquarters
New Delhi, India
Motto
"नभःस्पृशं दीप्तम्" ("Nabhaḥ spr̥śaṁ dīptam") "Touch the Sky with Glory"[2]
Colors
Navy blue, sky blue & white Anniversaries
Air Force Day: 8 October[3]
Engagements
Notable Operations[show]
Website
indianairforce.nic.in
Commanders
Chief of Air Staff
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
Vice Chief of Air Staff
Air Marshal SBP Sinha[4]
Aircraft flown
Attack
Jaguar, MiG-27, Harpy
Electronic
warfare
A-50E/I, DRDO AEW&CS, Ilyushin A-50
Fighter
Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, MiG-29,HAL Tejas, MiG-21
Helicopter
Dhruv, Chetak, Cheetah, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26, Mi-25/35
Reconnaissance
Searcher II, Heron
Trainer
Hawk Mk 132, HPT-32 Deepak,HJT-16 Kiran, Pilatus C-7 Mk II
Transport
C-17 Globemaster III, Il-76, An-32,HS 748, Do 228, Boeing 737, ERJ 135, Il-78 MKI, C-130J
The Indian Air Force (IAF; Devanāgarī: भारतीय वायु सेना, Bharatiya Vāyu Senā) is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct Aerial warfare during a conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire and the prefix Royal was added in 1945 in recognition of its services during World War II. Indian Air Force is regarded as one of the best Air Forces in the world by many experts.[5][6][7] After India achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force served the Dominion of India, with the prefix being dropped when India became a republic in 1950. Since independence, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF includeOperation Vijay – the annexation of Goa, Operation Meghdoot, Operation

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