17 Jaguars fly past Rajpath in ‘Amrit formation’ depicting 75 years of independence. For the first time, 17 Jaguar fighter aircraft will fly in the shape of 75, also called ‘Amrit Formation’, to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. It must be noted that Jaguar fighter jets are of British origin.
Speaking at an online media briefing, IAF’s Western Air Command PRO Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said this year’s Republic Day parade will witness the grandest flypast ever over Rajpath with 75 aircraft, including aircraft from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army, and the Navy taking part.
Every year on January 26, India displays its military might, cultural diversity, social and economic growth on Rajpath in the national capital. Two days ago, the government announced that the Republic Day celebrations will now commence every year from January 23 to commemorate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. Earlier, it used to begin from January 24.
The celebration this year saw the Indian Navy’s MiG-29K fighter aircraft and P-8I surveillance aircraft participated in the Varuna formation. The 75 air assets of three forces were included, eight Mi-17s helicopters, 14 Advanced Light Helicopters, one Mi-35 helicopter, 4 Apache helicopters, vintage aircraft Dakota, two Dornier 228 aircraft, one Chinook helicopter, three C-130 heavy-lift aircraft and one P-8I and AEW&C surveillance aircraft
The grand finale to the Parade was a spellbinding flypast that saw the Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 in missing man formation.
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