IAF Republic Day

Republic Day 2022: The cockpit view of the Rudra formation by the Indian Air Force (IAF) enthralled the audience at the 73rd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath on Wednesday.

The cockpit view of the Rudra formation was led by Col Sudipto Chaki of 301 Army Aviation Special Operations Squadron with National Flag comprising two Dhruv helicopters and two ALH Rudra Helicopters.

India celebrates its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday. The Republic Day parade on Rajpath in Delhi this year featured 16 marching contingents, 17 military bands, and 25 tableaux of various states, Union Territories, departments, and the armed forces. India’s military might and cultural diversity were showcased.

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This year’s Republic Day event is part of the Centre’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The country witnessed the largest flypast, comprising 75 aircraft and helicopters of IAF on Republic Day. Owing to Covid concerns, the Delhi Police barred children below 15 and people who are not vaccinated with both doses from attending the Republic Day parade this year.

A set of guidelines issued by the Centre states that those attending the Republic Day parade must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function.

Visitors must carry proof of vaccination and must adhere to all COVID-protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. As many as 21 tableaux including those 12 states and nine ministries or government departments are a part of the Republic Day parade.

It has been decided that the Republic Day celebrations will now be week-long from January 23-30 every year. The celebrations commenced on January 23, the birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, and culminate on January, 30 which is observed as Martyrs’ Day.