On Average Indian Air Force (IAF) is losing over 6 fighter jets each year from last 7 years. This was disclosed by the Indian defense minister A K Antony in front of the Rajya Sabha. He said that IAF has lost 46 fighter jets since 2005.
In his reply to the question he said in the Rajya Sabha, "During 2008 to August 17, 2011, a total of 26 fighter planes of IAF had crashed. During the preceding three-year period of 2005 to 2008, 20 IAF fighter planes had crashed."
He added that aircrafts involved in these crashes were the latest Su-30MKI, Jaguar and old Russian MiGs . He said that six IAF pilots had lost their lives in these crashes.
Indian defense minister A K Antony informed the members of the Rajya Sabha that 10 fighter jets of the IAF crashed in 2009-10 and 2 fighter jets has crashed so far this year.