World Air Power Index

⪻ Articles ⪼

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been placed at the third position on World Air Power Index in terms of the total fighting strength of the various air services of different nations of the world. The World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (WDMMA) published the Global Air Powers Ranking of 2022, a report that has placed the IAF above the People՚s Liberation Army Air Force, also known as the Chinese Air Force.

Indian Air Force

  • The Indian Air Force or Bharatiya Vayu Sena, the air arm of the Indian armed forces came into being on 8 October 1932. It was established as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force of Britain. The Indian Air Force Act 1932 removed its auxiliary status.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Motto of the IAF is Touch the Sky with Glory and it was taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the air force.
  • The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal is responsible for the operational command of the air force.


  • After independence, IAF took part in wars with Pakistan and the People՚s Republic of China.
  • Operation Meghdoot: It was on 13th April in 1984 when the Indian Army along with the Indian Air Force and paramilitary forces launched the Operation Meghdoot to secure the control of the heights predominating the Siachen glacier.
  • IAF took part in relief operations during natural calamities such as Gujarat cyclone in 1998, the tsunami in 2004, etc.

World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft

  • The World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (WDMMA) evaluates by taking many factors and presents a comprehensive report describing the present strengths and inherent weaknesses of modern military air services worldwide.
  • It provides information through an in-depth resource that gives people a visual, unique and analytical insight into a primary aspect of modern warfare and control of the skies.
  • Currently, the WDMMA tracks 98 countries, covering 124 air services and following a total of 47,840 aircrafts.
  • It ranks various modern military services all around the world and it ranks the air services based on various parameters and reports about their current strength and limitations.
  • WDMMA uses ‘TrueValueRating’ formula or TVR formula, which helps them to separate the air forces based on overall strength and some important elements like- modernization, assault, guard abilities and some other factors.

Examrace Team at