28 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and army will overfly the Republic Day parade next Wednesday in New Delhi including 13 fighters and five transport aircraft. Ten helicopters, including three Indian Army Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) will also be part of the flypast.
The fighter element will consist of five Jaguars from NAL, five MiG-29s from Ambala and three Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft from Jodhpur. The transporters will include one IL-78, two An-32s and two Dorniers, operating from Jodhpur. Besides the army’s Dhruvs, the helicopter flight will include four Mi-17 IV, operating from the Polo Ground in Delhi and three Mi-25s operating from Hindan Air Base in Ghaziabad near Delhi.
The IAF, in its static tableaux display, will focus on network centric operations. “Scale models of a climbing Sukhoi-30 MKI, an aerostat, a satellite orbiting the earth and an AWACS mounted on the trailer with giant images of the situation board of AFNET (Air Force Network) and of the AD (Air Defense) element depicting Pechora (SAM-III) missile firing will be attraction of the IAF tableaux,” said the IAF on Friday.
The IAF marchpast will consist of 144 airmen and a 72-strong IAF Band and will be led by Flight Lieutenants CP Deshpande, Jasdeep Kaur, Mukesh Rai and Flying Officer Anupama Chaudhary.
The 150-member Inter Services Guard of Honor commanded by Wing Commander Ajay Dasari will include 50 airmen led by Squadron Leader B Biswas.