Aviation Enthusiast Who Ended Up As IAF’s Go-To Man For Squadron Patches

A patch designed by Saurav Chordia called AMRAAM dodger shows an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter

New Delhi: 

The Indian Air Force’s favourite squadron patch maker is a 21-year-old Political Science graduate who has designed more than a hundred patches for the IAF, something he began when he was just eighteen.

Saurav Chordia, who works as a graphics designer in New Delhi, has recently designed two patches commemorating the air battle that the IAF fought with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in February this year.

One of the patches, designed for the 51 Squadron of the IAF bears the label ‘Falcon Slayers’ and shows a MiG-21 Bison fighter in cross-hairs with Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 jet. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down a PAF F-16 before being hit over Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, was a part of this Squadron but has recently been transferred to another MiG 21-Bison Squadron in Rajasthan.

Mr Chordia is the son of a cloth merchant from a small town called Basugaon in Assam

Another patch designed by Mr Chordia says “AMRAAM dodger” and shows an Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI fighter jet. Several American-made AMRAAM medium range air-to-air missiles were fired by the Pakistan Air Force on February 27 but were unable to shoot down IAF’s Sukhois. The jets were part of a large formation of fighters that were vectored to intercept 24 Pakistan Air Force fighters, some of which fired bombs on targets along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after IAF fighters struck the…

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