IAF's Sarang display team to debut at the MAKS International Air Show
These HAL manufactured Advanced Light Helicopters have hingeless rotors and are equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, which makes them extremely suitable for military aviation.
For the first time, the Indian Air Force's Sarang Helicopter Display Team will be participating in the MAKS International Air Show at Zhukovsky International Airport in Russia, starting July 20.
The air show is a biennial fixture and will conclude on July 25.
"This is the first occasion when the Sarang Team is performing its four helicopter aerobatics display in Russia, with its 'Made in India' 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopters. These HAL manufactured machines have hingeless rotors and are equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, which makes them extremely suitable for military aviation," Indian Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Ashish Moghe said.
Established in 2003 in Bengaluru, the Sarang Team's first international display was at the Asian Aerospace Airshow in Singapore in 2004.
Since then, Sarang has represented Indian aviation at air shows and ceremonial occasions in UAE, Germany, UK, Bahrain, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Apart from aerobatics displays at national and international venues, the team has also taken an active part in numerous Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Missions, he said.
In March this year, Sarang Helicopter Display Team and the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team and the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas performed at an air show at Galle Face in Colombo as part of the 70th-anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lankan Air Force.
The Sarang's present home is an Indian Air Force base at Yelahanka near Bangalore.
All of the team's helicopters are painted in red and white, and peacock figures are at each side of the fuselage. Also, they are equipped with white smoke generators.