20 September 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
The number of active fixed-wing combat squadrons in the Indian Air Force has fluctuated in recent years because of the retirement of ageing platforms and the acquisitions of new aircraft. (Janes)
The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) squadron strength has declined to 31. The air force’s plan to revitalise its strength involves upgrades and the fructification of India’s domestic aircraft projects.
, the IAF said that the air force is meeting emerging challenges using modern platforms such as the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, Boeing C-17 transport, Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and the S-400 Triumf long-range air-defence system.
The air force added, however, that there is a need for advanced technologies. “To dominate the future battlespace, the IAF will need a fifth-generation fighter aircraft,” the IAF said. It said that it is closely following the development of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).
Data held by
shows a historical pattern to the IAF’s declines in fixed-wing, combat squadron strength. The reductions are prompted by the retirement of platforms without viable replacements on hand.
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