“Aatmarnirbharta” (self-reliance) and “Nari Shakti” (girls energy) had been the 2 themes on show on the Republic Day parade on Thursday — by lots of the marching contingents in addition to the completely different tableaux.
The Indian army showcased solely indigenous tools and weapon methods to drive residence the message of self-reliance in defence. The Military’s British-era 25-pounder weapons — which historically provided the symbolic 21-gun salute — had been changed by the indigenous 105-mm Indian Discipline Weapons (IFG) this yr.
Regardless of the fog and decreased visibility, a 50-aircraft grand air present was put up by the Indian Air Power (IAF) for President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others on the parade. It included 23 fighter plane, 18 helicopters, and eight transport plane alongside a Dakota plane.
With Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi because the chief visitor, a mixed band and marching contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces additionally participated.
Mixing classic and modernity, the Navy’s classic IL38 SD plane flew overhead Kartavya Path for the primary and final time, in addition to the fashionable Rafale jet. The indigenous Mild Fight Helicopter Prachand, inducted into the IAF in October final yr, was additionally a part of the flypast.
The Military’s mechanised column comprised three MBT Arjun MK-I, one Nag Missile System (NAMIS), two BMP 2/2K, three Fast Response Preventing Automobiles (QRFV), two Ok-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer Weapons, one Brahmos missile, two 10m Quick Span Bridges, a Cell Microwave Node and Cell Community Centre, and two Akash missile methods.
The theme of the IAF’s tableau was “energy past boundaries”, which had the airborne early warning and management plane Netra, LCA Tejas MK II, LCH Prachand and Airbus C-295 plane.
The Navy’s tableau showcased a girl air crew of Dornier plane (flying overhead), highlighting the all-women crew of a surveillance sortie undertaken final yr, the Make-in-India initiatives with the mannequin of the brand new indigenous Nilgiri class ship, a Dhruv helicopter deploying marine commandos, and three fashions of autonomous unmanned methods being developed beneath IDEX-Dash Problem.
Each the Navy and the IAF contingents had been led by girls officers – Lt Cdr Disha Amrith and Sqn Ldr Sindhu Reddy respectively. One other girl Military air defence officer, Lt Chetana Sharma, led the Akash missile system column.
The Assam Rifles marching contingent had an equal variety of women and men personnel. The Central Reserve Police Power (CRPF) additionally had an all-women contingent led by Assistant Commandant Poonam Gupta.
A staff of “Daredevils”, motorbike riders from the Corps of Indicators, was co-led by a girl officer. Ladies riders had been additionally a part of the camel contingent of the Border Safety Power (BSF), and the Delhi Police girls pipe band, comprising 35 girls constables, participated within the parade for the primary time.
9 Agniveers — six males and three girls — had been part of the Navy’s marching contingent.
Ladies additionally occupied delight of place in lots of the 23 tableaux that had been a part of the parade this yr, together with these of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tripura.
The Republic Day celebrations had been held on the revamped Central Vista avenue – the primary after Rajpath was renamed Kartavya Path final yr.