Indian Air Force to adopt new uniform on Air Force Day
6 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad
The Indian Air Force is set to celebrate the Air Force Day on October 8th, 2022 and the IAF will introduce new uniform for personnel.
The Indian Air Force will be introducing a new uniform for its personnel on October 8, which marks Indian Air Force Day.
An IAF officer said, “The new uniform will have a digital camouflage pattern and a different fabric and design. It will be unveiled by Chief of the Air Staff at the Air Force Day parade in Chandigarh.”
The new uniform will be similar to the Army’s new digital pattern, which was introduced in January of this year. “The colours and shades of the new IAF uniform will be a little different, more conducive to the air force’s working environment.”
The new uniform will be similar to the Army’s new digital pattern, which was introduced in January of this year. “The colours and shades of the new IAF uniform will be a little different, more favourable to the working environment of the air force,” the officer explained.
The camouflage pattern currently used by the air force for ground duty roles is similar to that used by the army in the 1980s and 1990s. However, the IAF’s Garud Special Forces employ a digital pattern.
As many as 80 fighters, transport planes, and helicopters will take part in a flypast and demonstration over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh to commemorate Air Force Day. Except for the Avro, Dornier, Chetak, and Cheetah, this includes almost all fighters, transport aircraft, and helicopters currently in the IAF’s inventory, according to the officer.
Prachand, an indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter that was formally inducted into the IAF on October 3 in Jodhpur, will make its first public appearance in a three-plane formation.
Another novel formation is Sekhon, named after the Indian Air Force’s sole Param Vir Chakra recipient, Flt Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon. It is made up of a Rafale, a Jaguar, a Tejas, and a Mirage 2000, with the Rafale breaking away in front of the dias and performing a vertical Charlie to represent the’missing man.’
Other highlights of the air show include the Globe formation, which consists of a C-17 Heavy Lift aircraft closely followed by nine Hawk-132 jets trained by the Surya Kiran display team, and joint aerial manoeuvring by a Rafale, Su-39, and Tejas in the Transformer formation.
Demonstrations by the IAF’s Akash Ganga skydiving team, manoeuvring and underslung operations by Chinook helicopters, and flypasts by Harvard and Dakota vintage aircraft are also planned.
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