The Indian Air Force Day, the aerial force of the Indian defense services, celebrates the Air Force Day 2019 on October 8. It was on this day the Indian Air Force was officially established in 1932. This year, as IAF adds the first of 36 long-awaited Rafale fighter jets to its convoy, let’s visit the other strengths of the Indian Air Force, which every Indian is proud of:
Avro: One of the well-known transport aircraft of the IAF, The Hawker Siddeley HS 748 or Avro is a medium-sized turboprop airliner originally designed and initially produced by the British aircraft manufacturer Avro. It has twin-engine turboprop, military transport capability and freighter of British origin having a capacity of 48 paratroopers or 6 tonnes freight and a max cruise speed of 452 km/hr.
Cheetah: Developed by French manufacturer HAL, Cheetah is a single-engine turboshaft, FAC/casevac helicopter. It has a capacity to carry 3 passengers or 100 kg external sling loads. It has a max cruise speed of 121 km/hr and can climb to 1 km in 4 minutes.
Boeing 737-200: An American origin aircraft, Boeing 737-200 is a twin-engine turbofan, VIP passenger aircraft. The IAF aircraft has a total seating capacity of up to 60 passengers. It has a max cruise speed of 943 km/hr.
Chetak: Another aircraft of IAF, developed by French manufacturer HAL, Chetak is also a single-engine turboshaft. It is a light utility helicopter with a capacity of 6 passengers or 500 kg load. It has a max speed of 220 km/hr.
Jaguar: AN aircraft of Anglo-French origin, Jaguar is a twin-engine, single-seater deep penetration strike aircraft. It has a maximum speed of 1350 km /hr (Mach 1.3). It has two 30mm guns and can carry two R-350 Magic CCMs (overwing) along with 4750 kg of external stores (bombs/fuel).