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Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team

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In May 1996, Wg. Cdr. Kuldeep Malik, and his team was given the task to form a formation aerobatic team.
The team has since performed numerous demonstrations in various parts of the country and abroad, and was amongst the renowned nine-aircraft public display aerobatic teams in the world. The squadron was primarily composed of the HAL HJT-16 Kiran Mk.2 military trainer aircraft and are based at the Bidar Air Force Station in Karnataka and now are equipped with British Aerospace Hawk Mk.132s. The SuryaKirans are from the No. 52 Squadrons "The Sharks" with the motto of "Sadaiva Sarvottama" i.e. "Always the Best." Seen here are the first 3 Indian Air Force, SuryaKirans, British Aerospace Hawk Mk. 132, A3702, A3701 and A3670 rocketing out off R09 at Hindon AFB.
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Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team

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6th October 2017
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Surya Kiran

Aircraft Data

The Bae Hawk is an advanced military jet training aircraft. The Hawk is in service worldwide but primarily with the Royal Air Force, Finnish Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and Canadian Forces

Summary data for British Aerospace Hawk -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom1974681n/a2n/a


1 x Rolls Royce Adour engine.

1 Rolls-Royce Adour Mk.951 turbofan with FADEC, 29 kN (6,500 lbf)


1x30mm ADEN cannon,Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hard points, including:4 AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM on wing pylons and wing-tip rails. 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T.1)


Dimensions for British Aerospace Hawk -
Length40 ft. 7 in.
Wing Span32 ft. 7 in.
Height13 ft. 1 in.
Empty Weight9,880 lbs.
Max Weight20,069 lbs.


Performance of British Aerospace Hawk -
Max Speed638 mph
Cruise Speed575 mph
Ceiling44,500 ft.
Normal Range1,200mi.
Max Range1,565mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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