New Delhi: A total of 75 aircraft will take part in the Republic Day parade, the Indian Air Force said on Monday. Army and navy aircraft will also take part in the parade, which will pass over Rajpath. The Air Force along with the Army and Navy will demonstrate their strength in fifteen different groups in the sky during the Republic Day Aircraft Parade. Wing Commander Indranil Nandi, Public Relations Officer, Indian Air Force, said that the air demonstration was planned keeping in mind the nectar of independence. Army and Navy aircraft will also take part in the aircraft parade this year.
He said the parade commemorating the Tangail Air Drop operation of the 1971 war also included the Tangail Formation, in which one Dakota and two Dornier aircraft would fly. Indian Army para-commandos conducted a successful Tangle Air Drop operation on December 11, 1971 during the 1971 Indo-Pak war for the independence of Bangladesh. In addition, for the first time on Republic Day, five Rafale planes will also fly over Rajpath.
The parade will end with 17 Jaguar Mujahideen, who will fly on Rajpath in the form of 75 to celebrate the nectar of independence. However, the local Tejas will not be part of the parade this year. A model of the Janet aircraft used in the 1971 war will be on display at the Air Force. Janet Aircraft had gained so much ground over the Pakistani Saber Jets that it came to be known as the ‘Saberslayer’. In addition, a MiG-21 with 50 long tractors, an LCH and a Rafale aircraft will also be included in the peek. Attendance at the Rajpath event this year will be kept low due to the growing number of cod cases in New Delhi.