New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) Sarang helicopter display team will perform for the first time at the MAKS International Air Show in Russia.
IAF’s Sarang is participating in the MAKS International air show, a biennial fixture which is being held at Zhukovsky International Airport, Russia from today to July 25, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
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 (ALH), the Ministry said.
These HAL manufactured machines have hinge less rotors and are equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, which makes them extremely suitable for military aviation.
Apart from the IAF, the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard also operate Sarang helicopters, the statement read.
The Sarang team was formed in 2003 at Bangalore and its first international display was at the Asian Aerospace Airshow at 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 till date.
Apart from aerobatics displays at national and international venues, the team has also taken active part in numerous Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Missions like Op Rahat in Uttarakhand (2013), Cyclone Ockhi in Kerala (2017) and Op Karuna flood relief in Kerala (2018).