Many firsts in this R-Day parade: Display of Army's new big guns, women power
NEW DELHI: India’s 70th Republic Day parade on Rajpath this Saturday will have many firsts — display of the Army’s newly acquired artillery guns, march by an all-women paramilitary contingent and lady officers leading all-male teams.
Thirty years after the induction of Bofors guns, the Army for the first time will showcase its new big guns — M777 and K9 Vajra self-propelled guns.
Major General Rajpal Punia, second-in-command of the Republic Day parade, said, “For the first time, the Army will showcase its new artillery guns at the parade. M777 A2 ultra light howitzers, which were inducted into the Army last year from the US, will be seen at the parade. Another artillery K9 Vajra self-propelled guns, which are being manufactured by L&T under the Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ programme, will also be shown at the parade.”
共和国日阅兵式副指挥官拉杰帕尔·普尼亚少将表示:“这是印度陆军首次在阅兵式上展示新型火炮。印度陆军M777 A2超轻型榴弹炮去年从美国引进，将在阅兵式上亮相。另一门火炮K9 Vajra自行火炮，由L&T公司根据莫迪政府的“印度制造”计划制造，也将在阅兵式上展示。
M777 is a 155mm artillery gun with a maximum range of 30 km. The ultralight guns, which had proved its mettle in the Afghanistan war, will be deployed in hilly terrains along the China border as they can easily be airlifted. Under an inter-governmental deal with the US in 2017, India had signed a contract for 145 howitzers at a cost of nearly Rs 5,000 crore.
On the other hand, K9 Vajra is a South Korean artillery gun. L&T, which bought the gun technology from a Korean company, had won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the government in 2017 to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra.
K9 Vajra自行火炮是一种韩国火炮。L&T从一家韩国公司购买了这一火炮技术，该公司在2017年从政府获得价值450亿卢比的合同，生产100门K9 Vajra火炮。
Maj Gen Punia said, “Two defence projects of DRDO — Medium Range Surface to Air Missile and Arjun Armoured Recovery and Repair Vehicle — which are still under trial will also be showcased at the parade for the first time. Another army equipment ‘surface mine clearing system’ will also be shown for the first time.” He said, “During the flypast over Rajpath, An-32 transport aircraft will be flying on bio fuel for the first time. In fact, four veterans of INA (Netaji’s Army) will also participate in the parade for the first time.”
The Major General said, “‘Sankhnaad’— a martial tune created for the Indian armed forces — will be played by three contingents for the first time in the parade. And the theme of 22 tableaux this time will be 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi”.
Besides the new big guns, the star attraction of the parade will be the showcasing of the military's women power. For the first time, an all-women contingent of a paramilitary force will participate in the parade. The contingent belonging to Assam Rifles, the country’s oldest paramilitary force, will be led by Major Khushboo Kanwar.
In another first, woman officer, Captain Shikha Surabhi, will be part of the Army’s daredevils motorcycle team. She will perform the stunt by standing on the moving motorcycle and will ride it in front of a team comprising 33 men riding on nine bikes in a pyramid formation. She will salute R-Day chief guest South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who will be the second president of that country after Nelson Mandela to be the chief guest at R-Day.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46950.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Shankarnarayan Sarma - Ghaziabad(UP) - 3 days ago -Follow
Changes always welcome and beautiful. It adds more colour to the Republic Day Parade.
Ashok Kamath - Udupi - 3 days ago -Follow
Stronger India..Peaceful world..
Bhai - 3 days ago -Follow
Well done Modiji government and Army.
India, this is the difference between BJP and Congress. Congress will loot and ruin country whereas BJP under Modiji will build nation. Choice is yours
proud Indians - cow land - 3 days ago
Bought US and South Korea BIG guns will scare both China and Pakistan, not to mention Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. All Indians are so proud. Hail Modi.
Kally Seng - Timbuctu - 3 days ago -Follow
Congress mindset to loot.
Modi mindset to develop..!!
Vote for Modi only..!!
Gopinath - 3 days ago -Follow
The so called progressive shouters can be mad of jealousy...they will never see the show of national pride...they are interested in negative energy....The real Indian citizens will be very happy ..long live our nation first policy....a big salute...vande desa matharam..
Prashant Gupta - 3 days ago -Follow
Showcasing of women Power. Proud moment for India.
Anilk Khan - 3 days ago -Follow
Why do we act as a demonstration for USA and Korean arms manufacturers?
Rashid - 3 days ago -Follow
Moron Modi should admit on republic day that he and his friends made money from arm deals maybe the only way he can wash his sins as he cannot wash sins in Ganga because he already polluted it .
Jumla Expert - 3 days ago -Follow
FEKU is good at wasting Public Money in Statues, Publicity and Parades.
Prakki Satyamurty - Nidadavolu - 3 days ago -Follow
While our principle remains peaceful coexistance, we are prepared to tackle any situation. We are the stabilizing force in South Asia in particular and in the world in general.
Partha - 3 days ago -Follow
We are proud of you....and salute you... Jai Hind...!
Seshadrinathan - Bengaluru - 3 days ago -Follow
India's Patriotism cannot be diminished by terrorism.
War - 3 days ago -Follow
Putting women in front of everything is not empowerment ,its just for media hype , please don't undermine capable male officers just for photoshoot
Vijay Banga - new delhi - 3 days ago -Follow
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