In Pictures: IAF's Tejas Fighters Land In UAE For Dubai Air Show

by Swarajya Staff - Nov 10, 2021 05:34 PM +05:30 IST
In Pictures: IAF's Tejas Fighters Land In UAE For Dubai Air Show Tejas in the UAE
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  • Five Advanced Light Helicopters Dhruvs of the Sarang Team and 10 BAE Hawk 132s of the Suryakiran Team will also be taking part in the Dubai Air Show.

Three Tejas fighters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) landed in the UAE earlier today to participate in the biennial Dubai Air Show scheduled to be held at the Al Maktoum Airport from 14 to 18 November.

In Pictures: IAF's Tejas Fighters Land In UAE For Dubai Air Show

The three Final Operational Clearance or FOC Tejas fighter jets belong to No. 18 Squadron 'Flying Bullets' of the IAF based at the Sulur Air Force Station in Tamil Nadu. Flying Bullets, the second squadron of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in the IAF, was formed in May 2020.

In Pictures: IAF's Tejas Fighters Land In UAE For Dubai Air Show

The No. 18 Squadron, originally formed in April 1965, saw active combat during the 1971 war. Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, the only Param Vir Chakra (highest military decoration) awardee from the IAF, belonged to the No. 18 Squadron of the IAF. The squadron was made operational at Sulur on 27 May last year with the induction of Tejas fighters.

In Pictures: IAF's Tejas Fighters Land In UAE For Dubai Air Show

The first LCA Tejas squadron, No 45 'Flying Daggers', was operationalised with Initial Operating Capability standard fighters in July 2016.

In the past, Tejas fighters of the IAF have participated in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (2019) in Malaysia and the Colombo Air Show (2021) in Sri Lanka.

Apart from Tejas fighters, five Advanced Light Helicopters Dhruvs of the Sarang Team and 10 BAE Hawk 132s of the Suryakiran Team will also be taking part in the Air Show. C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft are also in the UAE for induction of the aircraft and members of the crew.

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