Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) developed indigenously made their maiden appearance at the Republic Day parade here on Thursday. This year, Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi has been invited to be the chief guest in the Republic Day parade. Both leaders shared some light moments.
Republic Day in India is celebrated at the Rajpath, in New Delhi, before the President of India, where the grand parade takes place.
While, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) tableau showcased the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Assam tableau showed the famous Kamakhya temple - dedicated to the Hindu diety Kamakhya.
School children also participate in the parade by singing and dancing patriotic songs.
Dada's sobbing widow Chasen Lowang received from the President the highest peacetime military award given for awarded for valour, courageous action and self-sacrifice. Subsequently, a number of contingents from three wings of the Indian armed forces, the Army, Navy and Air Force, marhced past the parade.
The national capital has been brought under ground-to-air security cover in view of intelligence inputs that terror groups might try to attack VVIPs through air.
"Snipers are likely to be posted in buildings along the route", the sources said.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) tableau, with the theme "Air Dominance Through Network Centric Operations", rolled down Rajpath with scaled-down models of the Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, AWACS, UAV, Apache and Communication Satellite on display. It also showcased a model of the P-8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
The Tricolour was unfurled in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and followed by traditional 21 gun salute. Helicopters of armed forces fly through the parade area as a part of celebrations.
The Navy contingent comprised 144 young sailors and was led by Lieutenant Aparna Nair. The three-hour march will be witnessed by several people all over the country on their televisions.
India's ceremonial boulevard was filled with myriad colours and music with 17 Tableaux from States and Union Territories, six Central Ministries and departments and cultural performances by schoolchildren.
Musical heritage of Goa was at full display and so were Sharad Utsav of West Bengal, and Dola Jatra festival of Odisha.