New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent has landed at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, marking their participation in the upcoming Dubai Airshow, a biennial event scheduled to run from November 13 - 17, 2023.
Two indigenous aircraft: the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv are participating in the Airshow. During the Airshow, the Tejas will take part in both static and aerial displays, while the Sarang Helicopter Display Team will showcase their exceptional formation aerobatics skills. This return to the Dubai Airshow, following their 2021 appearance, allows the Tejas and Sarang display teams to captivate the audience once again.
The IAF’s contingent has been transported to Dubai by their C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, setting the stage for their performances. The teams will commence their displays at the opening ceremony on November 13, joining esteemed aerial display teams from around the world. This event serves as a unique opportunity to highlight the significant advancements achieved by the Indian Aviation Industry, exemplified by the participation of indigenous platforms such as the Tejas and Dhruv.
In a historical context, the Sarang Team’s engagement with the UAE can be traced back to 2005 when they participated in the Al Ain Grand Prix. In 2021, the Suryakirans and the Tejas made their debut at the Dubai Air Show, impressing spectators with their remarkable aerial maneuvers.
On the diplomatic front, India’s relationship with the UAE holds strategic importance. India is part of the “new QUAD,” referred to as I2U2, collaborating with the US, UAE, and Israel, with a central focus on enhancing maritime security, connectivity, and digital infrastructure. In 2020, the IAF utilized the Al Dhafra air base in the UAE as a pivotal stopover location during the transit of Rafale fighter jets from France, further strengthening the bonds between the two nations.