PLAAF's Bayi versus IAF's Surya Kiran: which aerobatics team is better? - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla - Strategy. Economics. Stuff.

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Friday, 8 October 2021

PLAAF's Bayi versus IAF's Surya Kiran: which aerobatics team is better?


China's Bayi aerobatics team (top) and India's Surya Kiran aerobatics team (below)

China's Bayi


The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) runs an aerobatics display team called Bayi. The photograph above shows the Bayi team performing at the Zhuhai Air Show on 29th September 21.


Bayi is Mandarin for eight-one, which stands for the date "August 1". This is the anniversary of the Nanchang Uprising, which is considered as the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). It is a commonly used name by entities in the People's Republic of China.


The Bayi display team performs with six J-10 fighters. The J-10 has many features in common with the Indian Tejas light combat aircraft -- such as an aerodynamically unstable design and a digital quadruplex-redundant fly-by-wire flight control system.


India's Surya Kiran


The Indian Air Force's aerobatics display team is called the Surya Kiran. The photograph above shows the team in the IAF Day fly-past on 8th October 21. 


Surya Kiran is Hindi for "The sun rays" and is reflected in the painting scheme of the aircraft.


The Surya Kiran team performs with nine Hawk advanced jet trainers. A nine-aircraft aerobatics team requires a significantly higher degree of skill and choreography than a six-aircraft aerobatics team.




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