Indian Air Force turns 77

Indian Air Force turns 77


Advanced Light Helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) perform aerobatics at the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi on Thursday. AP

The event commenced with a hang glider show after which flag bearing sky divers of Akash Ganga team dropped out of an AN-32 transporter.

The commencement of the parade involved three Mi-17 helicopters, three Mi-25/Mi-35 helicopters, a Dornier aircraft, two Avro and two AN-32 aircraft.

On view for the first time was the newly acquired Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, escorted by two SU-30 MKI.

The fighter flypast was led by three Jaguars, three Mig-21 Bison, Mig-29 Baaz, Mirage 2000 Vajra aircraft and a SU-30 MKI combat aircraft.

The grand finale included aerobatics by Sarang Advanced Light Helicopters and synchronized low level manoeuvring by HJT-16 aircraft of the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team.

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