A thrilling flypast by fighter jets including Rafale and Su-30s, trick motorcycle riding led by a woman, and marching contingents will enthrall the spectators during the Republic Day parade here at the Kartavya Path this year.
For the first time, women will also form part of the Border Security(BSF)camel contingent at the parade. Workers of Central Vista and Kartavya Path are among special invitees on Republic Day celebrations
President Droupadi Murmun will take the salute at the 74th Republic Day while Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the chief guest for this year’s parade. A contingent of the Egyptian army will also form part of the parade.
In all there will be 16 marching contingents from the Armed Forces, Central Para Military Forces, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps, National Social Service(NSS) along with 19 military, Pipes and Drums Bands. Also, 27 tableaux of various States, Departments and Armed Forces will be participating.
The Indian Army will be represented by Mounted Columns of 61 Cavalry, nine mechanized columns, six marching contingents and a fly past by helicopters of Army Aviation. Three Param Vir Chakra and three Ashok Chakra awardees will participate in this year's Parade.
Before commencement of the Parade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying homage to the fallen bravehearts by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial.
The Parade will start at 1030 hours with the National Salute. Duration of the parade will be 90 minutes from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort. All Indian Army equipment on display is Made in India. The 21 Gun Salute will be through indigenously made 105 mm Indian Field Guns (IFGs). The ammunition has also been produced indigenously.
A cultural performance by group of 475 artists selected through 'Vande Bharatam' competition will entertain the spectators.
A team of “Daredevils” motor cycle riders from Corps of Signals co-led by a woman officer will be part of the parade. The flu past will comprise 44 aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Indigenously produced Prachand, a multi-role, light attack helicopter will also be part of the Indian Air Force fly past.
Lt General Dhiraj Seth, General Officer Commanding(GOC) Delhi Area will be the Parade Commander while Major General Bhavnish Kumar, Chief of Staff Delhi Area will be the Second - in – Command of the parade.
The mounted columns of 61 Cavalry consist of 51 Horses while the Arjun tanks, Nag Missile System, two BMP vehicles, three Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles (QRFV), Two K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer Guns, one Brahmos missile, two 10m Short Span Bridges, a Mobile Microwave Node and Mobile Network Centre each and Two Akash missile systems will showcase India’s military prowess.