New Delhi: As India celebrates its 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday, the country is all set to show its military might with the newly inducted Rafale fighter jets taking part in the Republic Day flypast for the very first time today. Featuring during the nation’s Republic Day parade, the fighter aircrafts will culminate the flypast by carrying out the ”Vertical Charlie” formation. In the ”Vertical Charlie” formation, the aircraft flies at low altitude, pulls up vertically and conducts rolls before stabilising at higher altitude.Also Read - Republic Day 2022: Full Dress Rehearsal Held At Rajpath. Watch Video
Speaking to mediapersons, IAF Spokesperson Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said that a total of 42 aircraft will be seen in the flypast including 15 fighter planes, five transport and one vintage aircraft. Also Read - Republic Day: Delhi Police Issues Travel Advisory For Parade Dress Rehearsal On Jan 22, 23. Details Here
The spokesperson said helicopters from IAF and Indian Army will also be part of the flypast. He said some formations will also be seen during the parade for the first time on the Rajpath which will include ‘Rudra’, ‘Sudharshan’, ‘Rakshak’, ‘Eklavya’ and ‘Brahmastra’. Also Read - Republic Day: Restrictions On Charter & Non-Scheduled Commercial Flights At Delhi Airport. Details Here
He said one Dakota and two MI-17s will be part of ‘Rudra’ formation and ‘Sudharshan’ formation will consist of two Chinook and two MI-17s.
The spokesperson further said that ‘Rakshak’ formation will consist of one MI-35 and four Apache helicopters while ‘Garuda’ formation will showcase one C-17, two MiG 29, and two Su-30s.
“In the ‘Eklavya’ formation, one rafale, two Jaguars and two MiG-29s will be showcased. One Rafale will be seen under the ‘Brahmastra’ formation.”
Five Rafale fighter planes were formally inducted into the IAF in September last year. India is procuring the fighter planes from France.