During the Republic Day parade, a spectacular display is anticipated with the participation of a total of 51 IAF aircraft. The lineup includes 29 fighter aircraft, eight transport aircraft, 13 helicopters, and one heritage aircraft, creating a diverse and awe-inspiring flypast.
The impressive list of aircraft features renowned names such as Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, C-295, C-17, LCH Prachand helicopter, and Mig-29. A notable addition to this year's Republic Day Parade is the debut of four Tejas aircraft, adding a thrilling element to the aerial showcase. Further enhancing the diversity, aircraft from the Indian Army and Indian Navy will join two separate formations with the IAF aircraft, operating from six different bases.
In a historic move, the Air Force marching contingent will be led entirely by women officers. Squadron Leader Rashmi Thakur, accompanied by Squadron Leader Sumita Yadav, Squadron Leader Pratiti Alhuwalia, and Flight Lieutenant Kirti Rohil as supernumerary Officers, will take charge of the IAF marching contingent.
Additionally, a tri-services contingent of Agniveervayu (Women) will participate in the Republic Day Parade 2024, featuring a total of 48 Agniveervayu Women. Flight Lieutenant Shrishti Verma will march as the supernumerary Officer of the contingent.
The Beating Retreat ceremony, set to take place at Vijay Chowk, will witness the participation of the IAF Band, consisting of 121 musicians. Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar will lead the band through this grand event.
The IAF tableau's theme for this Republic Day is 'Bharatiya Vayu Sena: Saksham, Sashakt, Atmanirbhar' (Indian Air Force: Potent, Powerful, and Self-Reliant). Flight Lieutenant Ananya Sharma and Flying Officer Asma Sheikh, both Su-30 pilots, will be present on the tableau, representing the prowess and self-reliance of the Indian Air Force.
The flypast will include various formations, each showcasing precision and skill. Dhwaj Formation, Rudra Formation, Baaz Formation, Prachand Formation, Tangail Formation, Arjan Formation, Netra Formation, and Varuna Formation are among the formations that will grace the skies. These formations, comprising different aircraft, will fly in synchronized patterns, highlighting the unity and strength of the Indian Air Force.
Noteworthy formations include the Dhwaj formation, featuring Mi-17 IV helicopters in an 'Inverted Wineglass' formation trooping the National Ensign, and the 'Rudra' formation, which includes helicopters from the Army Aviation Corps flying in a four aircraft 'Diamond' formation. The Prachand formation, Tangail formation, Arjan formation, and others promise a visual spectacle for the audience.
The Republic Day Parade 2024 marks a significant moment with the inclusion of diverse aircraft, a women-led marching contingent, and thematic displays portraying the strength and self-reliance of the Indian Air Force.
(With Agency Inputs)