It was a proud moment for the country to finally see Rafales fly over the Indian airspace and touching base at the Ambala airbase.  

But it must have been a different feeling altogether for the 22-year-old Saurav Chordia who designed the uniforms and arm patches worn by The Pilots of Squadron 17, also known as Golden Arrows who flew the fighter jets.

Saurav Chordia
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Saurav belongs to Basugoam which happens to be a small town in Assam's Bodoland region. He always wanted to be a pilot but due to weak eyesight, he couldn't fulfil this dream. 

The squadron has a glorious history and legacy. So I had to bring that element to the design and also show the modernisation that Rafale brings in. 

                    - Saurav Chordia

Reportedly, Saurav Chordia started designing arm patches when he was just 18 years old. And, some of his works include the G-suits and overalls of Squadron 25 pilots who were the first ones to fly the Tejas Light Combat and also for the Surya Kiran Aerobatic squadron

Rafale
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As a child, when I watched Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, wearing patches and flying, I was inspired. Since I have weak eyesight, I could not make it. But I took up designing aircraft models and patches and soon my work began to get noticed. Officials got in touch with me and before long, I was designing patches for the air force. 

For the Rafale pilots, Saurav Chordia has designed two patches, a circular one and a second one shaped like the aircraft while carrying the motto "Udayam Ajasram (Arise Ever)."

Patches
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Saurav's brother Sumit commented that: 

This is a Make In India moment. The patches were designed here. We are happy and take pride that they were made by a young man from this small town in Assam. Our parents had supported us a lot. 
Saurav Chordia with his family
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He had refused to take any payments for patches and had designed them for free. But, as it turns out, The Indian Air Force made a small stipend to the young man as a gesture to make him feel a part of the family and to also encourage such amazing talents. 

It indeed is a proud moment for the entire country and for Saurav Chordia who did his bit to make this happen.