Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team to Shine Before India vs Australia ICC World Cup Final
The Indian Air Force’s renowned Surya Kiran aerobatic team is set to enthrall spectators with a ten-minute air show before the highly anticipated India vs Australia ICC World Cup final on November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The team, featuring a fleet of nine Hawk aircraft, will showcase captivating aerial manoeuvres, adding an extra dimension to the cricketing spectacle.
Meet the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team
Established in 1996
The Surya Kiran team, established in 1996, holds the prestigious designation of being the official brand ambassador for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Operating under the 52nd Squadron of the IAF, the team is renowned for its breathtaking air shows and demonstrations on both national and international platforms.
13 Pilots, 9 Actively Flying
Comprising a total of 13 skilled pilots, with nine actively flying at any given time, the Surya Kiran team undergoes a rigorous selection process twice a year. Pilots chosen serve on a three-year tour of duty with the team, showcasing their precision and skill in aerobatic displays.
Advanced Jet Trainers: Hawk MK 132 Aircraft
The team operates advanced jet trainers, Hawk MK 132 aircraft, displaying loop manoeuvres, barrel roll manoeuvres, and forming various shapes in the sky. The term “Surya Kiran” translates to ‘sunbeam’ in Sanskrit. Previously using Kiran Mk II aircraft, the team transitioned to the more advanced Hawk MK 132.
Precision and Skill in Action
High-Speed Aerobatic Displays
The hallmark of the Surya Kiran team’s demonstration lies in loop manoeuvres in victory formation, barrel rolls, and precision formations. The team typically performs over 30 shows annually, involving speeds ranging from 150 to 650 km/h and subjecting pilots to g-forces from +6 to –1.5.
Rigorous Training and Expertise
Team members undergo intense training to master intricate aerobatic manoeuvres. The seamless coordination and expertise of the pilots contribute to the team’s success. During training, they fly three times a day, showcasing their dedication to perfection.
A Legacy of Aerial Excellence
Over 500 Displays Across India and Beyond
The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team has left an indelible mark, conducting over 500 displays in 72 cities across India. From Srinagar in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south and from Naliya in the west to Chabua in the east, the team has showcased its skills at various altitudes.
Challenges Overcoming Heights and Depths
Operating at an altitude of 5,436 feet in Srinagar, the team faced challenges flying over the sea due to vast water affecting depth perception. Their prowess has also been displayed in the capital cities of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore, adding to their rich legacy of aerial excellence.