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Aircraft Attrition of the Airforces of the Indian Subcontinent

Dedication

This section of the website is dedicated to the hundreds of pilots and aircrew of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army , Indian Navy and Coast Guard Aviation wings, who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty , training rigorously in peace time and in exercises, in flying humanitarian and relief missions to their colleagues in the worst of terrain and conditions, and who have remained unacknowledged and unsung, except in the memories of their beloved.

Click Here for Indian Air Force Aircraft losses 1933-1947
Click Here for Indian Air Force Aircraft losses 1947-Till Date
Click Here for Pakistan Air Force Aircraft losses 1947-Till Date

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The Wreck of HJT-16 Kiran that crashed at Visakhapatnam in December 1999.Aircraft attrition section has its root in my IAF Attrition section that has been hosted on my tripod site years back. I had over the years collected attrition info related to the Indian Air Force in quite some detail, and have built upon with some information on other air forces as well.

From the links on the left - you can access the various sections. First and foremost is the Indian Air Force Attrition section post 1947 which has over 900 records.

The Pakistan Air Force section has a list of around 330 accidents since its inception in 1947.

The predecessor of both the Airforces, The Royal Indian Air Force losses are also listed in seperate link , these numbers nearly 300.

How accurate are these figures? The Figures between 1979 till 1996 cover 60% of all the losses. all figures prior to 79 are just indicative and in no way qualifies as comprehensive. All the incidents before 1994 have been covered by reports from news papers and sources. The Years 1994, 1995 , 1996 are not covered and we had to refer to secondary sources for the figures. 1997 and 1998 have been covered by a Statement released in the Parliament on 11 Mar 99. All figures from April 1999 have been collected by news reports from the Internet. To give you an idea of its coverage, Here are the 'reports' against the available data.

  Report Our Data Percentage
No of MiG-21s lost between April 1992 and March 2002 102 83 83%
No of MiG-21s lost between Oct 1963 and 1 August 2003 315 163 52%
CAG Report mentions Ac lost between Apr 91 and Mar 97 147 84 57%
No of MiG-29s lost from 1987 till April 2000 5 3  
No of Combat fighters lost from Apr 1999 till Mar 2001 52 51 98%
No of Fighters lost between 01 Apr 96 - 30 Sept 99 60 55 91%
No of Aircraft lost from April 2000 -  Feb 17 2003 68    

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Year wise break up of Accidents and Writeoffs

Year Fighter Trainer Helicopter Transport
1991-92 27 08 03 01
1992-93 19 04 03 01 02
1993-94 23 04 01 01
1994-95 19 07 04 -
1995-96 24 08 04 02 01
1996-97 18 02 02 02
         
1997-98 11 2 3  
1998-99 17 2 1 2
1999-00 20 20 5 2  
2000-01 19 19 1 8  
2001-02 13 12 3 2  
2002-03 15 15 1 1  

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Aircraft Type Total Recorded Percentage
MiG-21 315 163(13) 52%
MiG-23     23 (3)  
MiG-25 04   02  
MiG-27     21  
MiG-29 07(1)   05 (0)  
Jaguar 23(1)   23 (1)  
Mirage 2000 03   03  

Our Thanks go to the following:

PUBLICATIONS

  • History of the Indian Air Force 1933-47 , Ed by SN Gupta , pub  by MoD India
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Web Site at www.cwgc.org
  • Final Landings by Colin Cummings
  • The Price of Peace by Colin Cummings
  • Broken Wings by James J Halley, pub by Air Britain Ltd
  • Spitfire International by Helmut Terbeck, pub by Air Britain Ltd
  • The Battle Axes by Pushpindar Singh, pub by Society for Aerospace Studies
  • Sir James Martin by Sarah Sharman

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