New Delhi: The Republic Day parade, an annual fixture, will once again roll down the majestic Rajpath on 26 January and it will be time to showcase the country's military prowess as well as its rich cultural heritage. Indian defence forces will put on display before the assembled public, dignitaries and the chief guest for the occasion, Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, one mounted cavalry, seven mechanised columns and eight marching contingents.
Keeping the columns company will be 10 military bands.
The highlights of the parade would be the T-90 Bhishma tanks, the Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles, OSA ľAK combat vehicles, BMP-II infantry combat vehicle, Rakshak Striker bullet- proof vehicles and a motorcycle display by the 'Dare-devils' team of the Corps of Signals.
The parade will be led by Delhi Area General Officer Commanding Maj Gen KJS Oberoi.
In a unique twist the indigenously developed cruise missile, Brahmos, will get showcased twice, with the army displaying the land attack variant of the missile and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) displaying the naval variant on its tableau.
Other DRDO systems on display will include the Advanced Air Defence System (ADS), Akash missile and the long-range ballistic missile Agni III.
The naval tableau will display its recently acquired amphibious warship INS Jal Ashwa, which was inducted in the Navy in 2007.
Indian Air Force will showcase its increasing reach and power with a model of its recently acquired Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AWACS) and Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) on its tableau.
Su-30MKI, Jaguar and MiG-29 fighter aircraft, along with Mi-17 IV and Mi-35 choppers, will participate in the fly-past.