The event draws aviation enthusiasts, professionals, and military delegations from across the globe
A team of 71 personnel of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) world-renowned Sarang Helicopter Display Team has arrived at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base to participate in the highly anticipated Singapore Air Show 2024.
Utilizing the formidable C-17 Globemaster III for transportation, the team's arrival marks a pivotal moment in the IAF's continued commitment to demonstrating its capabilities on the global stage.
The Sarang Team, celebrated for its precision and breathtaking aerobatic manoeuvres, will be performing with five Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), popularly known as 'Dhruv', representing India's indigenous aerospace engineering prowess, developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). These helicopters, known for their rigid, hinge-less rotors, offer exceptional manoeuvrability, making them perfectly suited for the team's complex aerial displays.
The biennial Singapore Air Show, running from February 20 to 24, 2024, draws aviation enthusiasts, professionals, and military delegations from across the globe. The IAF's participation further strengthens its diplomatic and defence ties with participating nations.
The Sarang Team, established in 2003, has a rich history of international performances, with its debut at the Asian Aerospace Show in Singapore in 2004. Since then, it has captivated audiences worldwide, performing over 1200 displays at more than 385 venues. The progression from a three-helicopter formation to the current five-helicopter team reflects the IAF's dedication to innovation and excellence in aerial display.
The ALH 'Dhruv' stands as a symbol of India's self-reliance in defence technology. The helicopter variants, from the ALH Mk-I used by the Sarang Team to the latest ALH Mk-IV armed version, highlight the evolution and versatility of this aircraft, capable of performing in all weather conditions and fulfilling a variety of military missions.
The Singapore Air Show 2024 provides a unique platform for the IAF to showcase its expertise and the advanced capabilities of the 'Dhruv' helicopters. It also offers an opportunity for fostering international cooperation and showcasing India's advancements in aerospace and defence technology on a global scale.
As the event unfolds, the Sarang Team is set to leave a lasting impression, embodying the spirit of the IAF and India's strides in aviation and technological innovation.