On the Republic Day 2018, indigenously developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra will make its maiden appearance in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on January 26, Indian Air Force officials said.
The group captain Rahul Bhasin told reporters that the Republic day flypast will be taken part by 38 aircrafts which will include 21 fighters, 12 helicopters, and five transporters.
The Ensign formation of the flypast will include a Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying the ASEAN flag to commemorate the summit meeting of India and the block of South East Asian countries to be held here on January 19-30.
Other formations will involve C-130 J, AEW&C aircraft escorted by two Sukhoi-30 MKI, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Jaguar, MiG 29 Upgrade aircraft.
The IAF tableau will be themed on “Indian Air Force encouraging indigenisation”, while the tri-service tableau will be themed on “veterans are asset to the nation’.
The march past of Indian Airforce will include 75 musicians and three band majors led by junior warrant officer Ashok Kumar Nagar.