The Indian Air Force on Friday presented a spectacular flypast at the grand finale of the Republic Day parade in the national capital. Prior to the flypast, the Indian Air Force tableau depicted the theme “Indian Air Force Encouraging Indigenisation.” The tableau showcased the scaled-down models of the aircraft, radar and missile system which have been indigenously designed and manufactured.
(Indian Air Force fighter planes flying past during the Republic day parade rehearsals at Rajpath in New Delhi. Source: PTI)
The flypast commenced with the ‘Rudra’ formation which comprised of three ALH Mk IV WSI helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation and was followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. Soon behind was the ‘Netra’ the “Eye in the Sky.” ‘Netra’ is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft with state-of-the-art Early Warning Radar and a host of advanced.
Behind the ‘Netra’ formation is the ‘Globe’ formation, comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30MKIs. Following the ‘Globe’ formation, was the ‘Vic’ formation of the LCA aircraft ‘Tejas’ at a height of 300 m and a speed of 780 km/h. Tejas is an Indigenisation combat-ready fighter aircraft developed and manufactured in India.
Five Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft, in ‘Arrowhead’ formation were the next to fly past at a height of 300 m and a speed of 780 km/h. Following the Jaguars were five MiG-29 Upgrade Air Superiority Fighters in ‘Arrowhead’ formation.
The ‘Arrowhead’ formation was followed by three state-of-the-art, SU-30 MKIs of Indian Air Force as they split upwards, forming a Trishul in the sky. The parade came to an end with lone Su-30 MKI flying at a speed of 900 km/hr splits the sky with a ‘Vertical Charlie’.