74th Republic Day Parade: This time, only indigenously produced weapons were displayed

74th Republic Day Parade: This time, only indigenously produced weapons were displayed

Egyptian President  Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attended as Chief Guests

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The army displayed "Made In India" weapons and equipment at this year's 74th Republic Day parade, replacing the antique artillery's 25-pounder cannons, which are used to fire the 21-gun salute, with 105 mm Indian field guns. 


A military contingent from Egypt participated in the parade, along with recently recruited Agniveers, women soldiers who were part of the BSF camel contingent, and a woman officer who served as the commander of the 144-member naval contingent that showcased the "Nari Shakti."

Since the majority of the weapons on display at Kartavya Path was produced in India, Major Gen. Kumar stated that this year's march was focused on "Atmanirbhar Bharat."

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President, also attended the event as the Chief guest. The final takeoff for the parade, the Navy's IL-38 aircraft, which has served the sea force for more than 40 years, marched too.  

At 10:30 am, the chowk and Vijay Chowk respectively, the procession began. The participants then marched straight up to Red Fort. Along with their Indian counterparts, an Egyptian military contingent of 120 people marched too. 

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For the first and final occasion, the IL-38, a maritime surveillance aircraft that was in service with the Navy for almost 42 years, took part in the flypast. 44 aircraft in all participated in the event. The flypast also included nine recently purchased Rafale jets and one indigenously made Prachand multi-role, light attack helicopter. 

The magnificent parade also featured a total of 23 tableaux, including 17 from states and UTs and six from other Ministries and Departments, all of which will highlight India's rich cultural legacy and economic and social advancement. 



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