With a focus on the Make-in-India initiative in the country, the Indian Army is planning to display all the Indian equipment, including ammunition, during the Republic Day parade this year.
To push Atmanirbharta in the defense sector, the Army will also replace British-era guns with Indian guns for offering a 21-Gun salute to the President and the National Flag on Republic Day 2023. The Army also said that the ammunition has also been produced indigenously.
This year, Indian Army is ditching the traditional British-era 25-pounder guns with indigenous 105-mm Indian Field Guns (IFG) to give the 21-Gun salute. Major General Bhavnish Kumar said India is transitioning towards indigenisation and the time is not far when all our equipment will be Swadeshi.
During a press conference on Monday, Maj Bhavnish Kumar said all equipment from the Army that will be showcased during the 74th Republic Day celebrations are made-in-India, adding that the Akash weapon system and helicopters, Rudra and ALH Dhruv, will also be part of it.
He also highlighted the Artillery regiment’s K9 Vajra and Brahmo’s missile system automatic launcher, Army Air Defence Akash weapon system, Army core engineers’ 10 M short pan bridge and core of signals mobile microwave node and mobile network centre will also be seen in the Republic Day 2023.
This year, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will be the Chief Guest during the Republic Day parade. Egyptian military contingent will also be taking part at Kartavya Path (formerly known as Rajpath).
Earlier on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence informed that a total of 23 tableaus, including 17 from states and UTs and six from ministries and departments, will roll down the Kartavya Path during the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2023.