Indian Air Force Lost 1707 aircraft from 1933 to 2015

Shocking statics have revealed that Indian Air Force lost 1707 aircraft from 1933 to 2015.

Indian Air Force was founded on 8 October 1932.

According to Bharat rakshak IAF Aircraft Accidents Database. In the last 86 years, IAF has lost a  total of 1707 Aircraft during combat and crashed incidents

Here is the Breakdown of IAF Aircraft Accidents per year

List of IAF plane crashed so far

Two years ago, India’s then-defense minister told parliament that more than half the 872 MiGs it had purchased from Russia had been lost in accidents, at a cost of over 200 lives.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Defence in March 2013, the IAF was losing the equivalent of one fighter squadron (approximately 18 fighters) in accidents every two years

Here is the breakdown of 264 aircraft India lost from 2000 to 2015

  • 67 MiG-21s
  • 7  Su-30s
  • 22 MiG-27s
  • 4 An-32s
  • 1  TS-11
  • 12 MiG-23s
  • 24 Sa-315s
  • 1  Do-228
  • 14  HJT-16s
  • 7  HPT-32s
  • 18 Mil Mi-8s and Mil Mi 17s
  • 2 HJT-36s
  • 14 Chetaks
  • 1 C-130
  • 3 Ka-28s
  • 2 Mi-35s
  • 9 Sea Harriers
  • 1 Mil Mi-26
  • 19 Jaguars
  • 1 Nal Saras
  • 11 MiG-29s
  • 3 BaE Hawk 132s
  • 1 MiG-25
  • 1 BN-2 Islander
  • 2 Il-38s
  • 1 Canberra PR57
  • 10 HAL Dhruv
  • 6 Mirage 2000s

Most of the Aircraft that crashed in India are Russian Jets ( Variants of MIG and Sukhoi)

PLAAF has nearly 2,000 planes (Most of the PLAAF jets are also Russian jets), but PLAAF has a very low crash accident rate.

Why the Indian Air Force has a high crash rate?

The reasons for these crashes are

  • human errors (Shoddy maintenance)
  • Outdated spares
  • Obsolete air-frames
  • System Malfunctions.

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