Indigenously made weapons, women power showcased at Republic Day parade
Science & Technology
3rd Feb, 2023
The Indian military showcased only indigenous equipment and weapon systems to drive home the message of self-reliance in defence.
- “Atma Nirbharta” (self-reliance) and “Nari Shakti” (women power)were the two themes on display at the Republic Day parade.
“Atma Nirbharta” (self-reliance)
- Military:The Indian military showcased only indigenous equipment and weapon systems to drive home the message of self-reliance in defence.
- The Army’s British-era 25-pounder guns— which traditionally offered the symbolic 21-gun salute — were replaced by the indigenous 105-mm Indian Field Guns (IFG) this year.
- The Army’s mechanised column comprised three MBT Arjun MK-I, one Nag Missile System (NAMIS), two BMP 2/2K, three Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles (QRFV), two K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer Guns, one Brahmos missile, two 10m Short Span Bridges, a Mobile Microwave Node and Mobile Network Centre, and two Akash missile systems.
- Air Force:A 50-aircraft grand air show was put up by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- It included 23 fighter aircraft, 18 helicopters, and eight transport aircraft alongside a Dakota aircraft.
- Navy:Blending vintage and modernity, the Navy’s vintage IL38 SD aircraft flew the first and last time, as well as the modern Rafale jet.
- The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter Prachand,inducted into the IAF was also part of the flypast.
“Nari Shakti” (women power)
- The Navy’s tableau showcased a woman air crew of Dornier aircrafthighlighting the all-women crew of a surveillance sortie undertaken last year.
- Both the Navy and the IAF contingents were led by women officers.
- Another woman Army air defence officer led the Akash missile system column.