The Indian Army Microlight flying Expedition ‘NATEX K2K 2023-24’ commenced their challenging expedition journey from Army Adventure Nodal Centre (Microlight & PHG), Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow (MP), their home base on 20 Nov 2023. The expedition Team reached Udhampur (Jammu & Kashmir) on 03 Dec 2023, where a ‘Flag Off’ was done by Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, AVSM, GOC-in-C, Northern Comd.
This expedition has been organised under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing to Commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Kargil Vijay Diwas & the centenary of the Bombay Sappers War Memorial in honour of our brave soldiers who laid down their lives in service of the Nation, as also to spread the spirit of adventure in the Indian Army and the youth of the Nation.
The motto of expedition is “पर्वत से सागर तिरंगा”. The team will proudly hoist the national flag along with the Indian Army Flag and other banners, high above in the skies from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, spreading the spirit of adventure, courage, camaraderie and team work.
The expedition will involve long distance cross-country formation flying with four Microlight Aircraft (two Fixed Wing aircraft and two Powered Hang Gliders) covering the entire length of the Nation from Kashmir to Kanyakumari spanning approx 9,500 kms, in four phases.
There are a total of eleven Officers including three women officers, four JCOs and 35 Soldiers in the expedition team, who are participating in this expedition as Pilots-in-Command, Co-pilots and Ground Support Crew.
During the expedition, the team will be conducting large scale air shows at six locations enroute i.e. Udhampur, Jammu, Ramnathpuram, Kochi, Goa and Pune. Apart from these air shows the team will also be conducting limited fly past demonstrations at multiple locations enroute celebrating the bravery and courage of the Indian Army.