SKAT prepared to dazzle Jodh skies
Denizens of Jodhpur city will be treated to the daring aerobats by the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) aerobatic demonstration team – Surya Kiran. With their aerial meticulously planned and executed stunts, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) is surely going to thrill the locals while also providing them with a window into India’s sky warriors.
Interestingly, it will be for the first time for Rajasthan, since the induction of MK132 – Hawk – jets into the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team that the team would demonstrate its flying. Moreover, it will also be the first time when the full strength of nine jets would take part in Rajasthan. Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team is expected to carry out a number of maneuvers including close passes, brand formations and rolls, and loops.
Formed in 1996 to serve as the “Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force” and also to “showcase the professionalism, the caliber and the mettle of the Indian Air Force” , the Surya Kiran Team flew in the HJT-16 Kiran MK2 before being suspended in February 2011 due to a shortage of basic jet trainers in IAF. However, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team was resurrected in 2015 when the Hawk MK132 was inducted.
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