Refer this story to your friend Print this story

Columns

Republic Day parade: Woman leads Indian Air Force contingent for the first time in history

Republic Day parade: Woman leads Indian Air Force contingent for the first time in history

Debjani 25 January 2012

She was cheered by thousands of spectators as the commentator mentioned that she is the first woman to lead an Air Force contingent in the 63-year-old history of the parade.

Shekhawat is at posted with the IAF squadron at Hindon air base.

She was the face of elegance and confidence as she led the 144-member strong Air Force contingent marching to the tunes of its band playing 'Air Battle'.

The Agni-IV, successfully flight tested last November, stole the limelight as people cheered when the missile which can carry nuclear weapons was rolled out on the majestic Rajpath.

The Intermediate Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile mounted on a road mobile launcher was paraded by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The elite organisation also put on display for the first time the 150 km range Prahaar Tactical Battlefield Support Missile and the Rustom-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Indigenously designed and developed RUSTOM-1, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was another eye-catcher at the parade.

The medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (Male UAV) has been developed by the DRDO with Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) in Bangalore.

RUSTOM-I, named after late Prof Rustom B Damania will replace or supplement the Heron UAVs in service with the Indian armed forces.

It has has the potential military missions like reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition, target designation, communications relay, battle damage assessment and signal intelligence.

Three of the six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft recently bought from the US was another first in the parade. The sixth aircraft was brought as late as November 2011.

Comments

hello  on 31/01/2012

hello

abc  on 31/01/2012

hi

abv  on 30/01/2012

abc

abv  on 30/01/2012

abc

abv  on 30/01/2012

abc

abc  on 30/01/2012

hello

Post a Comment

Name Email Address
     
Write here...
 
Captcha Validation Code