India is gearing up to observe the 71st Republic Day celebrations with zeal and enthusiasm across the country on January 26th, 2020. The national festival this year has a number of firsts and new features at the R-day parade to garner attraction.
This year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial instead of Amar Jyoti Jawan at India Gate before the Republic Day parade. For the first time, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will be a part of the R-day parade.
As many as 16 marching contingents from the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary forces will take part in the parade. It will also have 22 tableaux from various states and government offices.
Here are the new additions for the R-Day parade:
- Dhanush artillery gun also known as ‘Desi Bofors’ from the Indian Army will be part of the parade. The Dhanush is a 155mm towed howitzer used by the Indian Army. The design is based on Bofors Haubits FH77. The project was started by the Ordnance Factory Board to replace the older 105mm artillery gun. The indigenously manufactured weapons will be the star attraction from the Indian Army.
- The Apache, Chinook attack helicopters from the Air Force will be part of the fly-past.
- Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile under Mission Shakti project, Air Defence Tactical Control Radar (ADTCR) of the DRDO will feature in the parade this Republic Day.
- The K-9 Vajra, a self-propelled gun will also be displayed for the first time.
- Short Span Bridge system, Sarvatra Bridge System will make their appearance for the first time at the parade.
- The marching contingent of the Army Air Defence to take part in the ceremonial event.
- A 65-member all-woman team of the Central Reserve Police Force to perform motorcycle display this year.
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