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74th Republic Day

Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the Chief Guest this year.

By MUTHUSELVAM OPublished about a year ago 5 min read
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74th Republic Day
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a multicoloured Rajasthani turban on the occasion of India's 74th Republic Day to represent the nation's diversity.On the 74th Republic Day on Thursday, India witnessed a remarkable display of discipline and tenacity as armed forces contingents and other personnel marched on the Kartavya Path, the renovated ceremonial boulevard from the British era formerly known as the Rajpath. At Kartavya Path, President Droupadi Murmu raised the national flag. The national anthem and 21-gun salute were then played.The first group was led by Captain Raizada Shaurya Bali of the 61 Cavalry unit. The 61 Cavalry is the only horse cavalry regiment in active service in the entire world after the merger of all "State Horse Units."

By ensuring stability and dominance along the Line of Control (LoC), the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and internationally through UN Peacekeeping operations, the Indian Armed Forces have been selflessly serving the country and its people.

WEAPONS PARADES:

The Republic Parade 2023 began with a march by an Egyptian Armed Forces contingent.The Indian Army's lethality, accuracy, and dependability increased with the acquisition of equipment like the Akash Missile System, satellites, Modular Bridges, towed weapons, utility helicopters, and electronic warfare systems, among others.

This year's Republic Day parade featured only weapons systems and ammunition made in India. These included the MBT Arjun, the LCH Prachand, the K-9 Vajra howitzers, the 21 Gun Salute with "Made in India" 105 mm Indian Field Guns, the Nag anti-tank guided missiles, the Akash air defence missiles, and Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles.Overseeing the ARJUN of the 75th Armoured Regiment was Captain Amanjeet Singh. The third generation main battle tank, designated MBT ARJUN, was developed entirely within India by the Defense Research and Development Organization.

Arjun is outfitted with a 120 mm primary rifled cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun. Its 1400 horsepower diesel engine gives it a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 kilometres per hour (25 mph).

In comparison to comparable third-generation tanks, the recently developed Kanchan armour provides significantly higher all-around anti-tank warhead protection. Sahasam Vijayate is its catchphrase.

Nuclear Missile System (NAMIS):

The NAG Missile System of the 17 Mechanized Infantry Regiment was the next detachment, and Lt. Siddhartha Tyagi was in charge of it. The System, or NAMIS in popular usage, is a tank destroyer created internally by the Defence Research & Development Laboratory Hyderabad, a branch of the DRDO.The system consists of a tracked armoured fighting vehicle with an unmanned turret that can launch six "Nag" anti-tank guided missiles.

NAMIS has been created to bolster and enhance the anti-tank capability along our borders during offensive and defensive operations for the Mechanized Infantry Recce and Support forces.The Nag missile is a Fire & Forget ATGM with a 5 kilometre effective range. The tandem warhead's ability to lock-on before launching and top-attack allows it to precisely destroy targets that are moving or attempting to flee.

The development of this cutting-edge weapon system, known as NAMIS, for the Indian Army has propelled India into the elite club of nations with its own fire-and-forget top-attack tactical ATGMs mounted atop AFVs. Its motto is "Satrah Mech - Har Maidan Fateh."

FIRST TIME AGNIVEER'S PARTICIPATE:

The Agnipath programme was introduced in June 2022, and the initial training for Agniveers started in January 2023. Three ladies and six men from the Agniveers marched in the Republic Day parade on the Kartavya trail for the first time as part of the 144 young sailors from the Naval Contingent headed by Lt Cdr Disha Amrith.Notably, there were numerous acts of violence in various parts of the nation following the introduction of the Agnipath programme by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh due to worries that some programme provisions would leave recruits (Agniveers) with an unknown future.Following their six-month training, the Agniveers will serve for the following 3.5 years. On the basis of their merit, motivation, and the needs of the organisation, 25% of the Agniveers will then be rehired for a further 15 years.

In a first for the country, three women and six men participated in the R-Day parade on Kartavya Path.

For the first time, three women and six men Agniveers marched with the Naval Contingent during the 74th Republic Day parade on the Kartavya trail.Three women and six men Agniveers marched as a part of the Naval Command.

FIRST TIME EVENTS IN HISTORY OF PARADE:

The Indian Air Force's Garud Special Forces are taking part in the Republic Day parade for the first time. Leading the Garud team as a member of the IAF delegation is Squadron Leader Pritam Singh Jaitawat.

During the Beating the Retreat Ceremony, a 3-D anamorphic projection was made on the North and South Block's facade for the first time.

The Raisina hills were illuminated by 3,500 domestic drones as part of India's largest drone display on January 29 during the Beating the Retreat celebration.

The IL-38 of the Indian Navy was on display during the parade for the first and final times after 42 years of service.

The combined Band and Marching contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under the command of Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah El Kharasawy, marched down the Kartavya Path for the first time. 144 troops from the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces make up the force.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will participate in the Republic Day parade with a tableau, a first. 'Nasha Mukt Bharat,' a group of people putting their arms out in front of it while dressed in various Indian costumes, and a banner with a line beneath it. Together, we are stronger.

The parade includes a group of Corps of Signals "Daredevils" motorcycle riders who are co-led by a female officer. At this year's Republic Day parade, Lieutenant Dimple Bhati of the Corps of Signals rode a motorcycle as a member of the Indian Army's Daredevils team.

The female cop had spent the previous year practising with the group.This year's Republic Day parade features 16 marching contingents from the armed forces, including the Central Paramilitary Forces, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps (NCC), NSS, and 19 military pipes and drums bands. It also features 12 women riders for the first time in the Border Security Force's (BSF) camel contingent.

The historic 21-GUn Salute to the President during the procession will use 105 mm Indian Field Guns instead of British-made 25-Pounder guns for the first time in India's independent history. In keeping with the "Atmanirbhar Bharat" theme, only Made-in-India military systems were displayed at the Republic Day parade this year.

Happy republic day to all my fellow peoples. Jai hind

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