New Delhi, Jan 25: India will show its military might on Tuesday with Rafale fighter jets taking part in the Republic Day fly-past for the first time and the armed forces showcasing T-90 tanks, the Samvijay electronic warfare system, Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets, among others, said the Defence Ministry on Monday.
Total 32 tableaus – 17 from states and Union Territories, six from the Defence Ministry and nine from other Union Ministries and paramilitary forces – depicting the nation’s rich cultural heritage, economic progress and defence prowess will roll down the Rajpath at the Republic Day parade, the Ministry said in a statement.
“School children will perform folk arts and crafts displaying skills and dexterity handed down from generations – Bajasal, one of the most beautiful folk dances of Kalahandi in Odisha, Fit India Movement and Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” the Ministry noted.
A 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces will also march on Rajpath on Tuesday, the Ministry said.
“The Bangladesh contingent will carry the legacy of legendary Muktijoddhas of Bangladesh, who fought against oppression and mass atrocities and liberated Bangladesh in 1971,” it added.
India is currently celebrating the Swarnim Vijay Varsh - Golden Jubilee year - commemorating the country’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The Indian Army will showcase the main battle tank T-90 Bhishma, infantry combat vehicle BMP-II-Sarath, mobile autonomous launcher of the Brahmos missile system, multi-launcher rocket system Pinaka, electronic warfare system Samvijay among others during the parade on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry noted. – PTI