The nation’s military might was on full display at the 64th Republic Day parade at Rajpath on Saturday, with the indigenous nuclear-tipped long range ballistic Agni-V missile in full view of the public. Developed by the DRDO, Agni-V has a range of more than 5000 km and was tested for the first time in April last year.
Agni-V was paraded in the DRDO contingent which was being commanded by Lt. Col Jagvir Singh Jaglan. The other star attraction this year was the naval aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is yet to join the Indian Navy and is still under refit in Russia. A mini version of the ship was mounted on the naval tableaux, highlighting the Navy’s blue water operating capability. Other indigenous equipment showcased in the DRDO contingent were the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C), naval sonars and the Armoured Amphibious Dozer (AAD), an indigenously developed versatile Combat Engineer support equipment.
Three attack helicopters, along with the newly acquired American transport planes, the C17 Globemasters were part of the aerial display. The highlight of the fly-past was the trident formation by the three IAF Sukhoi-MKI fighter aircraft.
The country showcased its military strength with the BrahMos missiles and 214 mm Pinaka rockets, MBT Arjun Tank and the Armoured Ambulance Tracked Vehicle. The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was the chief guest at the event.