Republic Day: New weapons, laser mapping, drone show – everything on display at the parade | India News

New Delhi: In the 75th year of independence, the Republic Day parade would showcase the old and new era of the Indian military in terms of uniforms and weapons used, while the Beating Retreat ceremony would see the inclusion of laser mapping and a drone show.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of marching contingent soldiers in the Republic Day parade has been reduced from 144 to 96, Major General Alok Kakkar said on Sunday January 22.

At a press conference in Delhi, the officer who is the chief of staff for the Delhi region and who would be the second in command of the parade said that in order to be able to keep up with COVID standards, the number of troops in the marching contingents in the parade has been reduced from 144 earlier to 96. They will be seen marching in 12 rows and eight columns, he added.

Some other changes to the parade include the shortening of the parade for contingents marching to the National Stadium which previously ended at Red Fort.

“The Republic Day Parade which starts from Raisina Hills through Rajpath, India Gate to Red Fort would now only go up to the National Stadium due to COVID-19 this time. to Red Fort,” he said. This year, the Republic Day Parade will not start at the scheduled time of 10 a.m. but will start 30 minutes late.

“The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. instead,” said Maj. Gen. “There will be 8 contingents from the Indian Armed Forces in the Republic Day Parade, which will consist of 6 contingents from the army, one from the air force and one from the navy. The parachute regiment contingent will carry the new combat uniform with the latest Tavor rifles,” he added.

Parachute Regiment Contingent Commander Major Vishesh said, “Donning the new combat uniform in the Republic Day Parade will be a proud moment for the elite force Parachute Regiment.”

Army Ordnance Corps Contingent Commander Lt. Manisha Bohra said, “It is a great honor for all of us to participate in the Republic Day Parade and we have all trained very hard for it.

Major Gen, during the virtual press conference, also said that a “unique” mix of old and new equipment will be seen in the mechanized column. “Ahead in the armored column you will see PT-76 tanks and Centurion will be shown which took part in the wars of 1965 and 1971. This will be followed by the main battle tank Arjun,” he said. declared.

“A total of 16 marching contingents are said to be there. Of these, eight are said to be from Indian Armed Forces, four from Central Armed Police, two from NCC and one from Delhi Police and one from NSS,” he said. he adds.

Maj. Gen. Kakkar said a total of 21 paintings will be displayed in the parade. There will be two motorcycle formations. The female team will be from BSF and the male team will be from ITBP.

“75 Indian Air Force aircraft in 15 formations will fly over,” the Major General said. Two new things will be seen at the Beating Retreat ceremony being held at Vijay Chowk, Delhi.

Major Gen said that after the end of the ceremony, projection mapping with a laser would be done on the wall of the north and south blocks. It will be followed by a drone show in which 1,000 drones will participate. The officer declined to comment on the selection of the new song Aey Mere Watan Ke Logon and dropped the Christian hymn Abide with Me from the beating retirement ceremony.

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