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SURYA KIRAN AEROBATIC TEAM DISPLAY HELD AT BIKANER, RAJASTHAN

‘हर काम देश के नाम’

SURYA KIRAN AEROBATIC TEAM DISPLAY HELD
AT BIKANER, RAJASTHAN

Jaipur, Thursday,01 Feb 2024

As part of showcasing the prowess of the IAF and its contribution in nation building an “Air Awareness Campaign” was organised by Indian Air Force on 01 February 2024 at Nal (Bikaner).

The unique nine aircraft formation aerobatics team of IAF, ‘Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team’ (SKAT) performed a thrilling display, flying in various formations and performing aerobatic manoeuvres during the campaign.

Presently, the team is led by Group Captain GS Dhillon, a fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force. The thrilling air display was witnessed by about 20,000 viewers including many school going children. The show was conducted with the dual intention of motivating the young generation to join the armed forces and showcasing the attributes of indomitable spirit and discipline in the Indian Air Force.

The air display by SKAT was witnessed by a large crowd at 1130 AM. The profile was specifically crafted and curated to keep the audience enthralled throughout the duration of the display. The team performed many challenging manoeuvres which require absolute precision, synchronisation and a very high degree of professional competence.

Apart from the SKAT display, the audience also witnessed a mesmerizing and thrilling display of the sky diving team of the Indian Air Force – Akash Ganga and Low Level Aerobatics by Tejas and Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft.

SKAT was formed in year 1996 and the motto of the Squadron is “Sadaiva Sarvottam” meaning “Always The Best”. After initially flying Kiran Mark-II aircraft, SKAT was re-equipped with Hawk Mk-132 aircraft in the year 2015. The team has carried out more than 600 air displays across India as well as in China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and UAE.

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