From vintage uniforms & rifles to brand-new battle dress to grand flypast by 75 airplane, 2022 R-Day had several firsts


BRAND-NEW DELHI: The Republic Day parade on Wednesday was special this time as it not just fell into the 75th year of Independence, which the nation is celebrating as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, however also because it had a number of firsts like the marching contingents of the Indian Army showcased the evolution in uniform and workers weapons of soldiers over numerous decades and a grand flypast by 75 airplane, consisting of Rafale fighters, and helicopters of the Indian Flying Force.
Likewise, for the very first time the parade consisted of the launch of ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Naman’ program by National Cadet Corps, cultural efficiencies by 480 dancers, who were chosen through a nationwide competitors, and display screen on ten scrolls each of 75 metres in length and 15 feet in height. The scrolls, painted in two phases– at Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh– by over 600 renowned artists and young aspirants from throughout the nation, were prepared throughout the ‘Kala Kumbh’ occasion collectively organised by ministries of defence and culture.
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After the traditional unfurling of the Tricolour and a booming 21-gun salute, the parade commenced as President Ram Nath Kovind took the salute. The parade was commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, a second-generation Army officer. Major General Alok Kacker, chief of personnel, Delhi area, was the parade second-in-command.
A total of 6 marching contingents of the Indian Army provided the parade, including Rajput Program, Assam Program, Jammu & & Kashmir Light Routine, Sikh Light Regiment, Army Ordnance Corps and Parachute Routine. The combined Band of the Madras Regimental Centre, Kumaon Regimental Centre, Maratha Light Regimental Centre, Jammu & & Kashmir Light Regimental Centre, Army Medical Corps Centre and School, 14 Gorkha Training Centre, Army Supply Corps Centre and College, Bihar Regimental Centre and Army Ordnance Corps Centre also marched past the saluting dais.
The Indian Army was represented by a mounted column of 61 Cavalry, 14 mechanised columns, six marching contingents and a fly past by advanced light helicopters (ALH) of Army Aviation. One Tank PT-76 and Centurion (on tank transporters) and 2 MBT Arjun MK-I, one APC TOPAS and BMP-I (on tank transporter) and two BMP-II, one 75/24 towed gun and 2 Dhanush gun system, one PMS Bridge and 2 Sarvatra bridge system, one HT-16 (on car) and 2 Tarang Shakti Electronic Warfare System, one Tiger Feline rocket & & two Akash missile system were the piece de resistances of the mechanised columns.

of the Indian Army of 1947 and brought vintage.303 Rifles. The Assam Program were in uniform throughout the duration of 1962 and likewise carried.303 Rifles. The Jammu and Kashmir Light Regiment remained in consistent used during 1971 and brought 7.62 mm self-loading Rifle. The contingent of Sikh Light Regiment and Army Ordnance Corps were, however, in present-day uniform with 5.56 mm Insas rifle. In an initially, the contingent of the Parachute Regiment put on the new
battle uniform of the Army, revealed on January 15 this year on Army Day, and carried 5.56 mm x 45mm TAVOR rifles. The Naval contingent comprised 96 young sailors and four
officers led by Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma as Contingent Commander. It was followed by the naval tableau which was developed with the aim to display the multi-dimensional abilities of the Indian Navy. The forward part of the tableau illustrated the Naval Uprising of 1946, which added to India’s battle for independence. The rear area illustrated the’Make in India’efforts of the Indian Navy from 1983 to 2021. The model of New Vikrant with LCA Navy in air flanked by models of indigenously developed and built warships were also showcased. The frames on the sides of the trailer portrayed the building of Indian marine platforms in the country. The IAF contingent comprised 96 airmen and four officers and led by Squadron Leader Prashant Swamyanathan. The Flying force tableau, titled’Indian Air Force, Changing for the Future ‘, showcased scaled down models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Fight Helicopter and Rafale aircraft, as well as the Aslesha radar. The Defence Research Study and Advancement Organisation(DRDO )showed two tableaux, representing the defence technological developments of the nation. The tableaux were entitled’Suite of Indigenously Developed Sensors, Weapons and Electronic Warfare Systems for LCA Tejas ‘and ‘Air Independent Propulsion System ‘developed for the submarines of the Indian Navy. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)contingent was led by Deputy Commandant HT Manjunath. The marching contingents of CRPF, led by assistant commandant Ajay Malik, 15 times winner of best marching contingent, Delhi Police, led by assistant commissioner of authorities Vivek Bhagat, CISF commanded by assistant commandant Mohnish Bagree, Sashastra Seema Bal led by deputy commandant Nirupesh Kumar and Border Security Force camel contingent headed by deputy commandant Manohar Singh Kheechee also marched past the saluting dais. It was followed by tableaux of 12 states and Union Territories and 9 ministries/departments. The style of tableaux of Arunachal Pradesh was Anglo-Abor (Adi )Wars; Haryana’s
was Haryana: No 1 in Sports; Chhattisgarh’s was Godhan Nyay Yojana: A new course to success; Goa’s was Symbols of Goan heritage; Gujarat was Tribal Revolutionaries of Gujarat; Jammu and Kashmir’s was Altering face of Jammu and Kashmir. For the very first time, the IAF collaborated with Doordarshan to reveal cockpit videos throughout the fly past. Classic along with existing modern-day aircraft like Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and Dakota displayed different developments, including Rahat, Meghna, Eklavya, Trishul, Tiranga, Vijay and Amrit at the flypast. Published at Wed, 26 Jan 2022 07:30:51 -0500