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The AWDT performing at Bangladesh Air Force Base Dhaka, 7 December 2009.

The Air Warrior Drill Team "Subroto" (AWDT) is the ceremonial drill team of Indian Air Force, being a platoon-sized formation. It was founded in 2004 as the first of precision exhibition drill unit of its kind in the Indian Armed Forces. It falls unde the command of the Directorate of Organisation of the IAF.[1] This unit commonly performs during IAF events as well as national events such as Air Force Day Parade on 8 October as well as the Independence Day celebrations on 15 August.[2][3] Their official motto is Drill to Thrill (Hindi language: थ्रिल को ड्रिल करें). Its 28 members have also performed at venues such as Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre[4] and Tezpur Airport as well as performed during the IAF Presentation of Colours[5] and the Subroto Cup.[6][7] The unit uses Lee–Enfield rifles with fixed bayonets and performs routines that include complex spins and tosses.[8]

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  2. "Special performance by Air Warrior Drill Team". https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/special-performance-by-air-warrior-drill-team-119092200721_1.html. 
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  4. Service, Tribune News. "Governor, First Lady attend Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra". https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/archive/governor-first-lady-attend-air-warrior-symphony-orchestra-107208. 
  5. "Indian air force's Air Warrior Drill team performance | Entertainment - Times of India Videos". https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/entertainment/events/chennai/indian-air-forces-air-warrior-drill-team-performance/videoshow/68393688.cms. 
  6. "Subroto Cup kicks off with colourful opening ceremony". https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/subroto-cup-kicks-off-with-colourful-opening-ceremony-113092701067_1.html. 
  7. "Subroto Cup Kicks Off with Colourful Opening Ceremony". https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=99729. 
  8. "..:: India Strategic ::. IAF: Indian Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Drill Team Enthral Public at ‘India Gate’". https://www.indiastrategic.in/topstories3409_IAF_Symphony_Orchestra_Drill_Team_Enthral_Public.htm. 
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