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IAF's aerobatic team set to perform at Aero India

Feb 11, 2011 11:28 AM IST India India

Bangalore: The Indian Air Force's aerobatic team - Surya Kiran - will perform at the Bangalore air show on Friday.

The pilots of the Surya Kiran team feel it is a privilege to fly the machines and say it's a different high when they paint the Indian skies in tri color.

The Surya Kiran team has almost sixteen Kiran jet planes. The Indian Air Force trains rookie pilots on such aircraft. Because of a severe shortage, these Surya Kiran planes are also increasingly roped in for mundane training activities, limiting the number of performances the team can give every year.

But help is on the way. The Intermediate Jet Trainer is India's indigenous trainer aircraft on which the future batch of fighter pilots will be trained.

After fourteen years of development, the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) will be formally cleared to fly with the Air Force in July. It is a two-seater, has a top speed of 750 km per hour and climbs almost nine kilometers into the sky.

Once the IJT comes into the picture, the ancient Kiran Mark 2's might be phased out. So by the next Aero Show, they might not be flying in the same colours.