The Indian Air Force (IAF) aerial demonstration team Surya Kiran has reformed, using four Hawk trainer aircraft, an IAF spokesperson confirmed on Sunday 13 September. The team’s first performance will be during the ‘IAF Day’ at Hindon airbase near New Delhi on 8 October.
The team previously flew the Indian made HJT-16 Kiran MkII trainers, but ceased flying those in 2011 awaiting the new Hawks. A number of setbacks delayed the introduction of the Hawk into the team.
Since 2004, India has ordered 123 BAE Systems Hawk Mk132 trainer aircraft, of which the first few were built in the UK, with the remainder being build by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore.
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Featured image (top): One of four Hawks in the Surya Kiran team colours. (Image © IAF)