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A captivating artist rendition by Kuntal Biswas of the LCA Tejas Trainer aircraft adorned in the vibrant colors of the Surya Kiran aerobatic team has set the internet abuzz. This artistic vision has sparked a fervent discussion among netizens, advocating for the adoption of the LCA Tejas Trainer for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) aerobatic team.

Currently, the Surya Kiran team, also known as SKAT, utilizes BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJT) for their awe-inspiring displays. However, SKAT faced a temporary disbandment due to a shortage of aircraft. Previously, the team used the HJT-16 Kiran aircraft, but these were withdrawn and returned to the IAF for pilot training purposes.

The online buzz surrounding the Tejas Trainer stems from a strong desire to see the IAF’s aerobatic team take to the skies with a domestically-produced aircraft. Using the Tejas Trainer would showcase India’s advancements in aerospace technology on a global stage. Public airshows and international events offer a perfect platform to demonstrate the capabilities of this indigenous aircraft.

The Tejas is known for its agility and maneuverability, potentially allowing Surya Kiran to perform even more breathtaking and intricate aerial displays. But Adapting the Tejas Trainer for the specific demands of synchronized aerobatic maneuvers might require modifications to ensure optimal performance and safety for the pilots.

A transition period would likely be necessary for Surya Kiran pilots to become accustomed to the Tejas Trainer’s handling characteristics compared to the Hawk AJT.

While the final decision rests with the Indian Air Force, the online enthusiasm surrounding the Tejas Trainer is a testament to the growing public interest in promoting indigenous defense technology. Whether or not the Tejas takes flight with Surya Kiran, the discussion paves the way for exploring innovative ways to showcase India’s advancements in the field of aerospace engineering.