New Delhi: Chief of Staff, Delhi Area, and Deputy Parade Commander Major General Rajpal Poonia on Wednesday said that M777 and K-9 Vajra ultra-light howitzers will be the new entrants into the Republic Day parade along with the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) missile of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzer weighing 4.5 tonnes and has a range of 30 kilometers. It was inducted into the Indian Army in November 2018 and can be used in both plain and hilly terrains.
Meanwhile, the K9 Vajra-T which has a range of 38 kilometers, has been supplied by L&T in partnership with a South Korean firm.
Elaborating about the Republic Day programme on January 26, Poonia said: “Many lady officers are leading contingents and Nari Shakti would be the great displayer and attraction of this year’s parade. In terms of participation in the parade, the number of women armed forces is the highest this time.”
Poonia further said that four former INA soldiers would also participate for the first time in the parade. However, strategic systems such as the Agni series are not being displayed as new systems are being showcased by force and we have to complete the parade in 90 minutes.
As a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, “the tableau for this year’s Republic Day will showcase the life of Gandhi as a theme,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said that after a gap of 11 years, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be presenting its tableau at Rajpath on the occasion. The tableau aims at showcasing the multidimensional functioning of the force.
“The tableau is a reflection of the aspirations, commitment, and dedication of CISF towards its mandate and showcases various domains of its professional conduct,” the statement read.