The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) of the India Air Force is scheduled to perform a biennial air show during the Aero India gathering which will be held in Bangalore during the period of the 9th to the 13th of February. After this last show the team will be disbanded.
The Indian Air Force has been experiencing a shortage of aircraft for training purposes and the latest information showed that the current officers associated with SKAT will probably get transferred to other stations or be reappointed as instructors at the Bidar Air force Station.
The SKAT squad was formed in 1996 to show the professionalism and skills of the IAF all over the world. SKAT’s goal was to continue the legacy of an earlier display team – The Thunderbolts, which were active in the early 1980s.
The SKAT was established in 1996 in Bidar and became a squadron in 2006. They have performed across all of India and on different international air shows in China, Germany, Laos, Sri Lanka and the UK.
SKAT is today among the three renowned nine-aircraft public display aerobatic teams in the world (the other two being the British Red Arrows and the Canadian Snowbirds)
British Red Arrows:
Surya Kiran Team Formations and Maneuvers: