IAF flypast to involve 38 aircraft in R-Day parade; attack helicopter Rudra to make its maiden appearance

Indigenously-developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra will make its maiden appearance in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on 26 January, Indian Air Force officials said.

PTI January 18, 2018 21:43:32 IST
IAF flypast to involve 38 aircraft in R-Day parade; attack helicopter Rudra to make its maiden appearance

New Delhi: Indigenously-developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra will make its maiden appearance in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on 26 January, Indian Air Force officials said.

The flypast by the Indian Air Force on the Republic Day parade will involve 38 aircraft, including 21 fighters, 12 helicopters and five transporters, Group Captain Rahul Bhasin told reporters.

IAF flypast to involve 38 aircraft in RDay parade attack helicopter Rudra to make its maiden appearance

IAF's fighter planes fly past during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

The Ensign formation of the flypast will include a Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying the ASEAN flag to commemorate the summit meeting of India and the block of South East Asian countries to be held here on 19-30 January.

"The flypast will be divided into two blocks. The second block will start with Rudra formation comprising Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV WSI. This is the first time this aircraft is being showcased in the Republic Day Parade," Bhasin said.

Other formations will involve C-130 J, AEW&C aircraft escorted by two Sukhoi-30 MKI, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Jaguar, MiG 29 Upgrade aircraft.

The IAF tableau will be themed on "Indian Air Force encouraging indigenisation", while the tri-service tableau will be themed on "veterans are an asset to the nation'.

The IAF march past contingent will include 75 musicians and three band majors led by junior warrant officer Ashok Kumar Nagar.

"We will pay 15 patriotic and martial tunes on the occasion," Nagar said.

The IAF band will also mesmerise the audience at "Beating the Retreat" ceremony following the Republic Day, by its compositions and use of African drums.

A special tribute will be paid to the Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh who passed away in September last year with a tune "Great Marshal" employing African drums, Nagar said.

Updated Date:

also read

BrahMos test-fired from Sukhoi: India’s emerging tactical cruise missile triad sparks Chinese apprehensions
India

BrahMos test-fired from Sukhoi: India’s emerging tactical cruise missile triad sparks Chinese apprehensions

As a result of the recent BrahMos test, Indian capability for stand-off precision war is substantially expanding leading to rising Chinese apprehensions.

Nirmala Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi-30 MKI jet, describes sortie as an 'eye-opening' experience
Photos

Nirmala Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi-30 MKI jet, describes sortie as an 'eye-opening' experience

Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday undertook a sortie in the Indian Air Force (IAF) frontline combat jet, Sukhoi 30 MKI, from the Jodhpur airbase in Rajasthan

IAF Tejas Light Combat Aircraft drops fuel tank midair near Coimbatore, lands safely at Tamil Nadu's Sulur air base
India

IAF Tejas Light Combat Aircraft drops fuel tank midair near Coimbatore, lands safely at Tamil Nadu's Sulur air base

The fuel tank of an indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas combat aircraft fell during a training sortie by the IAF near Sulur air base in Tamil Nadu