The Air power of the Indian Navy

The exponential growth of a fledgling Fleet Requirement Unit with ten amphibian Sealand aircraft in 1953 into a reckonable modern force is testimony to the Navy’s aspirations and resolve in developing this arm. This stems from global cognition of aviation component of a fleet as an invaluable tool for power projection and extending surveillance reach.


 HAWK Mk 132

Hawk Mk 132, Boeing P-8I

Manufacturer HAL Systems
Operational Speed 630 MPH
Service Ceiling 45,000 FT
Range 1,400 NM

The Hawk is a tandem-seat Aircraft for ground attack, flying training and weapon training. It has a low wing and an all-metal structure and is powered by an Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine. The Aircraft has an integrated navigation /attack system and radio and inertial navigation systems. The Aircraft is cleared for instrument (IFR) flying and for Solo Instrument flying from the front cockpit only



Manufacturer Boeing
Operational Speed 450 MPH
Range 4,500 NM
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight: 85,139 kilograms

The P-8I is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. The P-8I is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.

Dornier 228

Dornier 228
Manufacturer Dornier GMBH
Operational Speed 196 MPH
Service Ceiling 28,000 FT
Range 823 Miles
Origin      German

DescriptionThe Dornier Do 228 is a twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, manufactured by Dornier GmbH from 1981 until 1998. In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics bought a production licence and manufactured 125 aircraft. In Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 245 were built, and 125 in Kanpur, India.

Maritime Surveillance
Troop Transport
Aerial Survey
Search and Rescue

IL 38

IL 38
Aircraft IL 38
Manufacturer ILUSHYIN
Operational Speed 450MPH
Range  5903 Miles
ORIGIN    Russia

The Ilyushin Il-38 is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft designed by the Russia-based Ilyushin Aviation Complex. Derived from the Ilyushin Il-18 turboprop transport aircraft, the Il-38 can be deployed in surveillance, search and rescue, maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare operations. The aircraft can detect and intercept surface vessels and submarines.

MIG 29-K

MIG 29-K (Fighter)

Manufacturer MIKOYAN
Operational Speed 1370 MPH
Service Ceiling 57,400FT
Range 1240 Miles

MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft being produced by Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG). The aircraft is also offered in a two-seat operational trainer variation known as the MiG-29KUB.




Manufacturer Westland Helicopters
Operational Speed 129 MPH
Service Ceiling 11500FT
Range 764 Miles
Origin UK

The Sea King helicopter is manufactured by AgustaWestland in the UK. Development started in the late 1950s under licence from Sikorsky. Westland initially developed the S-61 as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter (or helicopter anti-submarine, HAS) for the UK Royal Navy. Sea King is also operational as a search-and-rescue (SAR) and airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter.


Manufacturer KAMOV
Operational Speed 216 MPH
Service Ceiling 11,483 FT
Range 370 Miles

The Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter is based on the basic Ka-29TB. The main mission of the helicopter is long-range detection of threats, including airborne threats such as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Surveillance, target tracking and transmission of the target data to the command posts is carried out onboard the helicopter. The early provision of hostile target information increases the combat efficiency of naval, air defence and land forces.

ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) Dhruv

ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter)

The first indigenously designed and manufactured helicopter by HAL Bangalore. ALH was inducted into the Indian Navy on 28 Mar 2002. The Intensive Flying and Trials Unit (IFTU), formed at INS Garuda on 10 Feb 2003, undertook three years of intensive flying trials and evaluations. Post completion, the aircraft was cleared for operational exploitation and ALH Flights were established at Kochi and Goa on 01 Sep 05. 

Manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Operational Speed 180 MPH
Service Ceiling 27,500 FT
Range 516 Miles
Origin India



Manufacturer Aerospatiale
Operational Speed 115 MPH
Service Ceiling 10500 FT
Range 335 Miles
Origin France


UAV Heron

UAV Heron
Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries
Operational Speed 130 MPH
Service Ceiling 32,800 FT
Range 217 Mile
Origin Israel

DescriptionThe IAI Heron is a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Malat division of Israel Aerospace Industries. It is capable of Medium Altitude Long Endurance operations of up to 52 hours' duration at up to 10.5 km

UAV Searcher

UAV Searcher

Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries
Operational Speed 125 MPH
Service Ceiling 20,000 FT
Range 18 Hours
Origin Israel 



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The Radical - Information That Matters: The Air power of the Indian Navy
The Air power of the Indian Navy
The Radical - Information That Matters
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