Suryakiran team in China to take part in Zhuhai Air Show

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) The Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran aerobatic team will take part at the Zhuhai Air Show, which will be held from November 4 to 9.

The show at Zhuhai near Shanghai is held every alternate year.

The show is akin to Aero India which is held at Yelahanka Air Base (Bangalore).

The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) reached China today. It will participate in the Aerospace Exhibition and on the return leg, would also carry out display in Vieng Chan which is the capital of Laos.

Wg Cdr J T Kurien is the Commanding Officer of Suryakiran Team and the contingent would be headed by Grp Capt A Saxena. The Surya Kiran Team would be supported by a contingent of 48 officers and 88 airmen. This includes two AN-32 and one IL-76 aircraft for transport support.

IAF is the only air force which is carrying out an air display in China. Thus, they are likely to be on the centre stage. Like the Exercise 'Red Flag' with the US which was a great success towards improvement in bilateral relations, it is envisaged that the SKAT would showcase the professionalism of IAF in China. Also, it would win goodwill of Chinese people and contribute to overall growth in the ties between the two countries.

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