Published On : Thu, Jan 19th, 2017

LCA Tejas to be the new attraction at R-Day parade this year

New Delhi:
India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and indigenous helicopters Rudra and HAL Dhruv would be flying over Rajpath this Republic Day.

This will the first time that Tejas will take part in the parade.

The Indian Air Force has begun the practice of its aircraft for a thundering R-Day flypast.

As many as 34 aircraft of the IAF will perform various manoeuvres during the Republic Day celebrations to be attended by United Arab Emirates crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the chief guest.

The parade will also witness MI 17 V5s flying in Ensign formation as soon as the Parade Commander reaches the saluting base in front of President Pranab Mukherjee.

There will be 19 fighters, 11 helicopters and four transport aircrafts enthralling the public this year.

As many as 12 aircraft will be kept on a stand-by. The aircrafts participating in flypast this year are Jaguars, C130J Hercules, C17 Globemaster, Su30, MI 17 V5s, ALH Dhruv, MI-35 (attack helicopters).

Keeping weather conditions in mind, the IAF is not taking chances and it has already put the aircrafts on detachments with various airbases.

The fighters flying at minimum of about 500 kms/hr get airborne much before the parade begins and maintains the precision time with a minimum error, if any, as close as 10 seconds.

The airbases from where these aircrafts will fly are Hindan, Jotpur, Nal and Jaipur.