Sarang display team

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Sarang Helicopter Display Team
Sarang Helicopter Display Team insignia.png
ActiveOctober 2003 to Present
CountryFlag of India.svg India
BranchIndian Air Force
RoleAerobatic display team
Size14 Officers
32 Airmen
Garrison/HQSulur Air Force Station
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Wg Cdr Hari Nair, Wg Cdr Shashank Misra, Wg Cdr M Benny Mathews, Wg Cdr Girish Komar
Aircraft flown
Helicopter4 - HAL Dhruvs

Sarang (Sanskrit: सारंग, lit.'peacock') is the helicopter air display team of the Indian Air Force that flies four modified HAL Dhruv helicopters, also known as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). The team was formed in October 2003 and their first performance was at the Asian Aerospace show, Singapore, in 2004.[1] The name Sarang is symbolic; the peacock is the national bird of India. The unit was inducted as No. 151 Helicopter Unit in 2005 and was shifted from Yelahanka AFS, Bangalore to Sulur AFS, Coimbatore in 2009.[2]

Sarang_display_team perform extreme maneuvers


HAL Dhruv of Sarang display team
HAL Dhruv of Sarang display team

The first public display using two IAF (ALH Evaluation Flight at ASTE) HAL Dhruv aircraft were at Aero India in Feb 2003 at Bangalore, led by Sqn Ldr Ajay Singh Pathania. Later in 2003, the Sarang unit was formally organised as a three-helicopter display team. In 2004, the team started performing with four helicopters at the Singapore Air Show in 2004. The team performs regularly at Aero India, a biennial air show held at Yelahanka Air Force Station near Bangalore, and on Air Force Day, the anniversary of the Indian Air Force, at Hindon Air Force Base every 8 October. The unit also performed at Farnborough Airshow in 2008. 2021 Dubai Airshow[3]

Sarang display team on DefExpo 2018 at Chennai


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 Jaitley received serious head injuries.[4]

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  1. ^ ILA 2008: Proud as Peacocks
  2. ^ "'Sarang' team bids adieu to Yelahanka Air Force Station". 25 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Dubai Airshow: IAF's Sarang team, Tejas aircraft showcase flying skills on opening day". 14 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Dhruv crashed". The Hindu. 2007-02-03. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06.

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