Friday, January 27, 2012

India observes 63rd Republic Day, to display military might

A strong and resurgent India is celebrating its 63rd Republic Day on Thursday. This year’s parade will highlight the nation’s achievements in various fields alongwith the military prowess, scintillating display of air power as also country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Agni missile 

The main ceremonial parade was held in the capital with Thailand's first woman Prime Minister 
Yinluck Shinawatra as the guest of honour. The ceremony began around 10 am with Prime 
Minister Manmohan Singh laying a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay tribute to an unknown soldier.

This was followed by a grand parade from on the Rajpath highlighting the might of Indian armed forces as neatly uniformed men and women marched past, shoulder-to-shoulder, saluting President Pratibha Patil on the dais.

Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Pillai, general officer commanding, Delhi Area and his deputy Major General Rajbir Singh commanded the parade.
The marching contingents of the Indian Army included horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, Parachute Regiment, Bengal Engineer Group and Centre, Brigade of the Guards, Kumaon Regiment, Assam Regiment, Mahar Regiment, Gorkha Rifles Regiment and the Corps of Military Police.
The Indian Navy's contingents was led by Lt Commander Manikandan K and the Air Force contingent by Flight Lieutenant Sneha Shekhawat - the first woman ever to lead an IAF contingent at the Republic Day parade.
The contingents of paramilitary and other auxiliary forces included those from the Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Assam Rifles, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Coast Guard, Sashastra Seema Bal, Central Industrial Security Force, Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme.
Agni-IV, India's latest nuclear-capable strategic missile, was showcased publicly for the first time on Thursday at the Republic Day parade. The missile formed part of a tableau from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), its developer.
The DRDO contingent, led by Lt. Col. VS Thapa, also showed new tactical battlefield support high-speed missile Prahaar and the medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-I.
Agni-IV, the most potent and technologically advanced in India's arsenal, adds a new dimension to country's capabilities in terms of strategic deterrence.

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