R-Day: Kartavya Path Witnesses Prowess Of Indian Weapon Systems

The Republic Parade 2024 was kicked off with a march by a band and a marching contingent from France

As India celebrated its 75th Republic Day on Friday, Kartavya Path in the national capital witnessed the prowess of the armed forces.

The first contingent in the uniform of the 61 Cavalry was led by Maj Yashdeep Ahlawat. The 61 Cavalry is the only serving active Horse Cavalry Regiment in the world, with the amalgamation of all the 'State Horse Units'.

The Indian Armed Forces has been rendering its selfless service to the nation and its countrymen, ensuring stability and dominance on the frontiers along the Line of Control (LoC), the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and worldwide through UN Peacekeeping missions.

The Republic Parade 2024 was kicked off with a march by a band and marching contingent from France.

This year, the weapon systems which were showcased at the Republic Day parade include Tank T-90, Nag anti-tank guided missiles, Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers and Weapon Locating Radar System- Swathi among others.

Tank T-90

The detachment was of Tank T-90 BHISHMA, led by Lt Fayz Singh Dhillon of 42 Armoured Regiment.

Bhishma Tank is a 3rd generation Russian Main Battle Tank armed with 125 mm smoothbore gun. T-90 functions on the hunter-killer concept. It can fire four types of ammunition and also has the capability of firing a missile from a gun upto a range of 5000 metre. Bhishma tank can hunt and kill at night effectively with the help of thermal imaging sight. It also has ERA panels which makes the armour of this lethal machine even stronger.

The 46-tonne giant machine can move upto a speed of 50 to 60 km per hour and can operate in all types of terrains effectively. The colours of the Regiment are FRENCH GREY, MAROON, BLACK.

Its motto is 'Karam Shaurya Vijay' (Action Courage Victory).

Nag Missile System (NAMIS)

The next detachment was of NAG Missile System of Mechanised Infantry Regiment led by Capt Abhay Pandit of 17 Mechanised Infantry Regiment. The System popularly called NAMIS is a tank destroyer indigenously designed by the Defence Research & Development Laboratory Hyderabad. It consists of a tracked Armoured Fighting Vehicle, which has a crew-less turret capable of firing six 'Nag' Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.

The NAMICA is a stretched, license-built BMP-2 with additional wheels, nicknamed "Sarath" in India. Classified as a tank destroyer, it is equipped with various electro-optical systems including a thermal imager (TI) and a laser rangefinder (LRF) for target acquisition.

The NAMICA carries a total of twelve missiles, with six in ready-to-fire mode and six in storage. It has a compact auxiliary power unit (APU) for silent watch operation, a fire detection and suppression system (FDSS) and a nuclear, biological and chemical protection system (NBCPS). The carrier weighs 14.5 tonne in full combat load and is capable of moving 7 Km/hr in water. NAMICA can fire missiles at a target located around 7.5 Km with hunter-killer sight capability and carries 4 Military personnel. Its motto is 'Satrah Mech Har Maidan Fateh'.

BMP 2/2K

Next to the saluting dais was the mechanised column of Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP - 2 /2K of GUARDS Regiment led by Lt Shivam Singh of 23 GUARDS. ICV BMP-2 named Sarath is a high mobility Inf Combat Vehicle (ICV) with potent armament and state-of-the-art night fighting capability, which makes it capable of destroying any unknown enemy target upto a distance of 4 ICms at night. It can operate effectively in all battlefield terrains of desert, mountainous regions or high-altitude areas.

The ICV is equipped with a 30mm Automatic Cannon Gun, 7.62mm PKT & Konkurs missiles, upgraded with Thermal Imaging (TI) night sights. Being an all-weather amphibious combat vehicle, ICV (BMP-2) is battle-ready for a full spectrum of challenges and conflicts and thus truly considered as the backbone of the Indian Army's Mechanised Warfare. While its motto is Pehla Hamesha Pehla, its war cry is Garud Ka Hoon Bol Pyare.

All Terrain Vehicles

The next detachment comprised of six modern specialist vehicles, including 'Quick Reaction Force Vehicles-- Heavy and Medium, a Light Specialist vehicle, a Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System, an All-terrain vehicle and a Specialist Mobility Vehicle.

The detachment is led by Major Toofan Singh Chauhan, 5 Rajput on an All-terrain Vehicle, Lt Col Panmei Kabiphun on a Light Specialist Vehicle, 19 Maratha Light Infantry & Capt Armandeep Singh Aujla of 2nd Battalion of the First Gorkha Rifles on QRFV.


The next detachment was Pinaka of the Regiment of Artillery from the 1890 Rocket Regiment, led by Lt Priyanka Sevda of 262 Field Regiment. Pinaka Multiple Launcher Rocket System is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured medium-range, all-weather and free-flight artillery rocket system.

It is a fully automated, offensive weapon system with each launcher boasting of 12 rockets of 214mm calibre having a range of 37.5 kilometre. Its motto is `Sarvatra Izzat 'O' Iqbal - 'Everywhere with Honour and Glory'.

Weapon Locating Radar System

The next detachment was of SWATHI - Weapon Locating Radar System, led by Lt Deepti Rana of the Regiment of Artillery.

Weapon locating radar Swathi, developed by DRDO and Bharat Electronics Ltd, is a highly mobile radar system designed for automatic first-round detection SWATHI is a coherent c-band, passive electronically scanned phased array radar intended to be used as weapon locating radar and for direction of own artillery fire (DOOAF).

Swathi is a two-tatra vehicle configuration system comprising a radar vehicle and power source cum bite (PSB) vehicle with twin generators and auxiliary components. It can classify projectile targets and rejection of unwanted targets (Clutter/ Aircraft).

Swathi being a phased array radar operates in Cband with fence detection mode of operation, ensuring first detection and tracking of shells, motors and rockets. In its secondary role, it can track and direct friendly artillery fire. The radar can provide corrections to the projectile trajectory of friendly artillery to pinpoint the fire towards the enemy.

Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System

The next detachment was of 'Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System' of the Corps of Engineers led by Capt Suman Singh of 9 Rapid Engineer Regiment 15m Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System is a "Made in India' specialised equipment to be employed by Engineer units for bridging over dry and wet gaps. This vehicle-mounted, multi-apron, mechanically-launched mobile bridge system is designed for speedy deployment and retrieval under tactical conditions.

It has the capability of spanning a minimum of 15m in a single span and a maximum of 75m in a multi-span. The deployed bridge equipment is suitable for the crossing of 'A' as well as 'B' vehicles upto a loaded class MLC-70.

Drone Jammer System

The next detachment was of Mobile Drone Jammer System and Advance Radio Frequency Monitoring System of the Corps of Signals. Upfront is the detachment of Drone Jammer System led by Lt Col Ankita Chauhan of the 11 Electronic Warfare Battalion.

Drone Jammer System of the Indian Army is used to detect and track drones and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) signals (downlink), as well as ground control signals (GDT, Uplink) and to jam drone activities.

The electro-optical sub-system serves to identify, track and verify the target. Besides detection and tracking of drones, The DJ System can neutralize hostile drone activities using Directional high-power smart jamming of drone UAS control uplink signals. The DJ system is installed on two high mobility standard 2.5-tonne vehicles.

The DJ system is equipped with an electro-optical subsystem and RF sensors to scan the radio frequencies. (ANI)                   

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