Sarang display team

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Indian Air Force Helicopter Display Team
The Sarang HAL Dhruvs performing at Aero India 2013
Active October 2003 to Present
Country Flag of India.svg India
Branch Air Force Ensign of India.svg Indian Air Force
Role Aerobatic display team
Size 14 Officers
32 Airmen
Garrison/HQ Sulur Air Force Station
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Wg Cdr Hari Nair, Wg Cdr Shashank Misra
Aircraft flown
Helicopter 4 - HAL Dhruvs

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


The first displays using the HAL Dhruv aircraft were at Aero India 2003 at Bangalore, led by Sqn Ldr 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.


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 Jetly received serious head injuries.[3] Later Wing Commander Vikas Jetly succumbed to his injuries on 11 January 2011 at Delhi, after being in a comatose state for nearly 4 years after the accident.


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  1. ^ ILA 2008: Proud as Peacocks
  2. ^ "'Sarang' team bids adieu to Yelahanka Air Force Station". 25 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Dhruv crashed".

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