Sarang display team

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Indian Air Force Helicopter Display Team
The Sarang HAL Dhruvs performing at Aero India 2013
Active October 2003 to Present
Country Flag of India.svg India
Branch Ensign of the Indian Air Force.svg Indian Air Force
Role Aerobatic display team
Size 14 Officers
32 Airmen
Garrison/HQ Training Command
Bangalore, Karnataka India
Wg Cdr Hari Nair, Wg Cdr Shashank Misra
Aircraft flown
Helicopter 4 - HAL Dhruvs

Sarang (Sanskrit: सारंग -Saranga,Hindi-Saranga Peacock) is the helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force. The team flies four modified HAL Dhruv helicopters, also known as ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter). The team was formed in October 2003 and their first public performance was at the Asian Aerospace Show, Singapore, 2004.[1] The name Sarang (Peacock in Sanskrit) is symbolic as it is the national bird of India.The unit was given the identity of No.151 Helicopter Unit in 2005


The first two helicopter display by HAL built Dhruv was carried out in Feb 03 at Aero India, Bangalore. The display was led by Sqn Ldr Pathania. After those displays it was decided that a Helicopter Display Team would be formed.... In later part of 2003, it was named as Sarang, and three helicopter display were performed. Subsequently, in 2004, the team started with four helicopter displays. The team has performed at Singapore Air Show in 2004. The team performs regularly at Aero India, a biennial air show held at Yelahanka Air Force Station near Bangalore. It also performed at Farnborough Airshow in 2008 and every year at the Anniversary of Indian Air Force in Hindon Air Force Base on 8th Oct.


In February 2007, the team had its first fatal accident when a Dhruv crashed at Yelahanka Air Force Station during a rehearsal before Aero India. Co-pilot Squadron Leader Priyesh Sharma was killed instantly and the pilot Wing Commander Vikas Jetly received serious head injuries.[2] Later Wing Commander Vikas Jetly succumbed to his injuries on 11 January 2011 at Delhi, after being in a comatose state for nearly 4 years after the accident.

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