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Cockpit view of Rudra formation by IAF, grand fly-past featuring 75 aircraft at Republic Day parade

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 26, Jan 2022, 13:27 pm IST | UPDATED: 26, Jan 2022, 13:27 pm IST

Cockpit view of Rudra formation by IAF, grand fly-past featuring 75 aircraft at Republic Day parade

New Delhi: The cockpit view of the Rudra formation by the Indian Air Force (IAF) enthralled the audience at the 73rd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath on Wednesday (January 26, 2022).

The cockpit view of the Rudra formation was led by Col Sudipto Chaki of 301 Army Aviation Special Operations Squadron with National Flag comprising two Dhruv helicopters and two ALH Rudra Helicopters.

Grand fly-past features 75 aircraft for the first time

This year's grand fly-past featured 75 aircraft for the first time. 

The tableau of the IAF at the Republic Day parade displayed the theme 'Indian Air Force Transforming for the Future'. The tableau showcased the scaled-down models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Aslesha radar and Rafale aircraft.

Squadron Leader Manish Kumar and Squadron Leader Ashirwad Mishra were present on the tableau as a fighter pilot and forward area controller respectively. Squadron Leader Shashi Prakash Mishra is the intercept Director of IACCS and Fit Lt Shivangi Singh standing as the fighter pilot of Rafale Aircraft.

MiG-21s strike worked as the final trigger to capitulate the adversary and bring about a decisive victory in the 1971 war. Gnat, the first indigenous aircraft, armed with 30 mm Aden guns and rockets. Gnat, also known as 'Sabre Slayer; was considered to be the best aircraft to take on an enemy aircraft in a dog fight.

The indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is capable of high altitude operations and is armed with Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile. Aslesha MK-1 is a three dimensional Low-Level Light Weight and multi-beam ground-based 3D Surveillance Radar. It is deployed in diverse terrains and has the capability to detect and track heterogeneous air targets, including helicopters, fighters and UAVs at low and medium altitudes.

GSAT 7A is a Geostationary satellite; it enhances IAF's Network Centric Warfare capabilities by interlinking all ground-based Radars, airbases, Airborne Early Warning and Control Radars for detecting aircraft and vessels.

Rafale with its advanced technology, equipped with a wide range of weapons is a game-changer to attain air supremacy.

India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day today. A set of guidelines issued by the Centre states that those attending the Republic Day parade must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function.

Visitors must carry proof of vaccination and must adhere to all COVID-protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. As many as 21 tableaux including those 12 states and nine ministries or government departments are a part of the Republic Day parade.

The celebrations this year are special as Republic Day falls in the 75th year of Independence, being celebrated as 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' across the country. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Defence has conceptualised a series of new events during the main parade on Rajpath on January 26 and the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at Vijay Chowk on January 29.

It has been decided that the Republic Day celebrations will now be week-long from January 23-30 every year. The celebrations commenced on January 23, the birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and culminate on January, 30 which is observed as Martyrs' Day.