This 21-year-old designs IAF's squadron patches

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16 May 2019

Meet the 21-year-old graduate who designs IAF's squadron patches

Recently, the MiG-21 Bison Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF), were given special uniform patches commemorating the dogfight in which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman famously shot down an F-16 jet of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on February 27 this year.

But did you know the patches were designed by a 21-year-old aviation enthusiast who has just graduated from college?

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Chordia is a fresh graduate with a Political Science degree

Chordia is a fresh graduate with a Political Science degree

Saurav Chordia, a New Delhi-based graphic designer from Assam, has recently graduated with a degree in Political Science. However, he has already designed over a hundred patches for the IAF.

Chordia designed the two patches - 'Falcon Slayer' and 'AMRAAM Dodger' - for IAF's MiG-21 Bison and Sukhoi Su-30MKI squadrons that shot down Pakistan's F-16 jet while evading their AMRAAM missiles.

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Design

Here's what the new patches look like

One of the patches for the MiG Bison Squadron depicts a MiG-21 Bison targeting a red-colored F-16 in the background, along with the squadron's new sobriquet 'Falcon Slayers' and 'AMRAAM Dodger' in text.

Another patch that Chordia designed reads 'AMRAAM dodgers' and shows an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter jet dodging an AMRAAM missile, which were fired by aircraft of the PAF, mid-air.

Chordia also designed patches for the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Squadron

"It was a huge honor for me when I was asked to make the squadron patch for 45 Squadron ('The Flying Daggers'), IAF's first squadron to fly the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft," Chordia said. He also designed patches for the IAF's Surya Kiran Aerobatic Squadron.

History

Chordia got into art after his brother received a computer

Chordia got into art after his brother received a computer

Speaking to NDTV, Chordia, who hails from Basugaon in Assam, revealed that he got into designing patches when he was 18 years old.

Chordia recalls he developed an interest in art when his brother received a computer from the state government after he passed the Matriculation exam with first division in 2010.

Chordia used it to play flight simulators and create 3D aircraft images.

Internship

Here's how it all started for Chordia

The son of a cloth-merchant, Chordia was approached by the IAF after finishing his Class XII exams. "Developers of the Indian Air Forces mobile game called 'Guardians of the Skies' called me to do an internship. That's where things took off," Chordia told NDTV.

Chordia soon started designing patches for the IAF for free, and now earns a stipend usually less than Rs. 20,000.

Enthusiasts like Chordia help build aviation awareness: IAF spokesperson

"Patches are a reminder of a Squadron's glorious past and fighter pilots wear these with pride," IAF spokesperson and Group Captain Anupam Banerjee told NDTV. He said aviation enthusiasts like Chordia help in "building up aviation awareness in the country."

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How did Saurav Chordia get into designing patches for IAF?

Asked 2019-05-16 17:19:51 by Anika Pawar

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Saurav Chordia was already designing 3D images of aircrafts when he was was approached by the IAF after he completed his class XII exams for an internship. He later got into designing patches for them.

How many patches has Chordia designed?

Asked 2019-05-16 17:19:51 by Shreyas Malik

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Recently, Chordia designed two new patches, however, he has made hundreds since he started working for the IAF.

Does Chordia get paid for the work?

Asked 2019-05-16 17:19:51 by Amit Mistry

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Initially, Chordia was designing patches free of cost, however, now he receives a small stipend under Rs 20,000 from the IAF.

Where is Chordia from?

Asked 2019-05-16 17:19:51 by Rajesh Mukopadhyay

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Chordia is the son of a cloth merchant from Basugaon town in Assam. He now lives in New Delhi.

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