Thursday marked the beginning of India’s 74th Republic Day celebrations, and the march down Kartavya Path in Delhi gave onlookers a look at the military’s power in the form of cutting-edge technology and equipment developed in the country.
The Egyptian Armed Forces contingent marched to start the Republic Parade 2023 in the presence of chief guest Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Whether protecting India’s borders along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or the Line of Control (LoC) or deploying to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world, the Indian Armed Forces have always put the country and its people first.
India’s armed forces have made great strides thanks to the introduction of cutting-edge technologies such as the Akash Missile System, satellites, Modular Bridges, towed cannons, utility helicopters, electronic warfare systems, and surface-to-air missiles.
To emphasize its indigenization prowess, India exclusively displayed its primary Made-in-India weapon systems this year.
There was a 21 Gun Salute with ‘Made in India’ 105 mm Indian Field Guns, K-9 Vajra howitzers, MBT Arjun, Nag anti-tank guided missiles, Akash air defense missiles, and Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles on display as part of India’s show of force in defense.
Look at these weaponry systems that were on display at the 74th Republic Day Parade:
- MBT Arjun
- Nag Missile System (NAMIS)
- BMP2/2 K
- Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle (QRFV)
- K-9 Vajra-T (SP)
- 10m Short Span Bridge
- Mobile Microwave Node and Mobile Network Centre
- Wheeled Armoured Platform – WHAP 8×8 on 70-ton trailer
The Commander of the 75th Armoured Regiment’s ARJUN was Captain Amanjeet Singh. The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization has created a homegrown third-generation main battle tank called the MBT ARJUN (DRDO).
The Arjun is equipped with a 120 mm primary rifled cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun. It has a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour (about 43 miles per hour) thanks to its 1400 horsepower Diesel engine, and it can go at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour (about 25 miles per hour) over flat ground (25 mph).
The newly designed Kanchan armor offers superior protection against anti-tank warheads in all directions compared to similar third-generation tanks. The words “Sahasam Vijayate” serve as the organization’s motto.
Nag Missile System (NAMIS)
Lt. Siddhartha Tyagi, commanding the 17 Mechanized Infantry Regiment’s NAG Missile System detachment, arrived shortly after that.
Commonly referred to by its acronym NAMIS, the System was developed in-house by DRDO’s Hyderabad-based Defence Research & Development Laboratory.
It’s a tracked AFV with a remote-controlled turret that can launch six ‘Nag’ anti-tank guided missiles. In order to strengthen and improve our anti-tank capacity along our borders, NAMIS was created for the Recce and Support units of the Mechanized infantry to use in offensive and defensive operations.
Nag missiles are Fire & Forget ATGMs with a range of 5 kilometers. Locking on before launch and then attacking from above allows the tandem warhead to hit fleeing or actively moving targets precisely.
The success of creating this cutting-edge weapon system for the Indian Army has catapulted India into the elite group of nations that have created their own fire-and-forget top-attack tactical ATGMs installed on AFVs. Satrah Mech – Har Maidan Fateh is the name of the stadium.
After then, Captain Arjun Sidhu of the 6th Mechanized Infantry Regiment led a mechanized column of Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2s to the saluting dais. The SARATH Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) is a BMP-2, an ICV with excellent mobility, deadly armaments, and the ability to battle in the dark.
It is equally at home in the desert as in the mountains or high altitude. “Valor and Faith” (Veerta our Vishwas) is the organization’s motto.
Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle (QRFV)
Captain Naveen Dhatterwal of the 3rd Ladakh Scouts Regiment then led a detachment of Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles.
These vehicles are produced for the Indian Army by TATA Advance System and Bharat Forge Limited as part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme. They represent the pinnacle of the Indian Army’s drive toward autonomy.
A total of ten fully armed soldiers can be transported in this 4×4 armored platform, which features a 360-degree rotating turret with a 7.62mm medium machine gun. Those serving in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh will find the vehicle to be of great use.
In addition to being suitable as an Escort vehicle and specific response for CI OPS, the vehicle is also Mine and Bullet Proof.
The vehicle can travel at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, has an operational range of up to 600 kilometers, and can handle inclines of up to 25 degrees. Ki Ki So Lahargyalo means “Victory to God” and is used as a rallying cry.
K-9 Vajra-T (SP)
K9 Vajra-T, commanded by Lt. Prakhar Tiwari of the 224 Medium Regiment (Self Propelled), was the next detachment to arrive. The range of the 40-kilometer long gun is 155mm/52 caliber tracked self-propelled K9 Vajra-T.
Over dry, desert ground, the Tracked Self-Propelled Gun System can reach speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.
The design contains a Modular Azimuth Position System (MAPS) and an Automatic Fire Control System, and an armor plating of all-welded steel protects it. Sarvada Sarva Pratham, or “Always the First,” is the organization’s motto.
Brahmos, led by Lieutenant Prajjwal Kala of the 861st Missile Regiment, was the next detachment up. At supersonic speeds and with a range of 400 kilometers, the BRAHMOS cruise missile can strike targets deep within enemy territory with pinpoint accuracy and deadly force.
Its motto is “Swamiye Sarnam Aiyyapa”.
10m Short Span Bridge
In order to enable Combat Engineers quickly cross daunting obstacles like Canals or Nallahs, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) created the mechanically propelled Assault Bridge of the 64 Assault Engineer Regiment led by Captain Shivashish Solanki.
Agrani Ajay, which translates to “Always Leading and Unconquerable,” was the motto of the 10-meter Short Span Bridge System. By using these Bridges, mechanized and armored columns can swiftly defeat the adversary.
Native-built bridges are a step toward Atmanirbharta’s defense strategy, signifying that the Mechanized Forces of the Indian Army have overcome any remaining barriers. On September 30, 2023, the Regiment will have been in existence for 50 years, a remarkable milestone.
Mobile Microwave Node and Mobile Network Centre
Major Mohd Asif Ahmed of the 2 AHQ Signal Regiment oversaw the Mobile Microwave Node and Mobile Network Centre of the Corps of Signals under the motto “Teevra Chaukas,” which translates to “Quick and Safe.”
The column’s vehicles are the “Mobile Microwave Node” and the “Mobile Network Centre.” The Mobile Network Centre is led by Major Mahima Kataria, a member of the 2 AHQ Signal Regiment. The Indian Army’s Mobile Microwave Node allows for high-speed operational communications to be extended to Tactical Battle Areas.
To keep up with the mobility and energy needs of mobile mechanized operations, the Node is installed on a High Mobility Vehicle platform and protected by a ruggedized shelter that can withstand the effects of nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological weapons.
When in use, the vehicle may send speech, data, and video to field formations via optical, microwave, and satellite media when there are active hostilities. Look no further than the Mobile Network Centre for network-centric operations in the future.
Network Operations, Security Operations, and the Data Center are all housed there. It’s a game-changer because it improves communication and situational awareness on the battlefield.
An officer is in charge of the vehicle’s six-person crew. It features an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) backbone, as well as aggregation routers, access switches, HD monitors, and powerful computers. This mobile Node’s in-country development supports the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Mission.
Captain Sunil Dasharathe of the 27 Air Defence Missile Regiment, also known as “the Amritsar Airfield,” and Lieutenant Chetana Sharma of the 512 Light AD Missile Regiment lead the subsequent detachment (SP).
The Akash Weapon System is the world’s first fully indigenously developed Air Defense System, armed with Short Range Surface Air Missiles (SR-SAMs) to shoot down enemy aircraft. Akaash-e-Shtrun Jahi is the organization’s motto.
They showed their aerial superiority with two Dhruv helicopters and two Rudra helicopters outfitted with armament systems.
The Rudra Advanced Light Helicopters are often compared to airplanes or hover tanks.
The Sena Medal of 205 Army Aviation Squadron (UH) with the National Flag was flown by Colonel R S Jamwal, followed by Lieutenants Colonel Sumit Kumar Uniyal and Puneet in two Rudra helicopters, and finally Lieutenant Colonel Vijayat Goyat in the final Dhruv helicopter.
Wheeled Armoured Platform – WHAP 8×8 on 70-ton trailer
The DRDO has designed and built a Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier, WhAP 8×8, that is transported by a specialized 70-ton Trailer.
The WhAP is a combat platform that may be customized and has 8×8 wheels. The WhAP is a cutting-edge, adaptable platform that may serve in a variety of tasks, including Infantry Vehicles, CBRN Vehicles, ATGM carriers, and so on.
The shown Armoured Personnel Carrier model features a 30mm turret, composite armor, and cutting-edge blast protection. It is possible to drive this amphibious vehicle up to 100 kilometers per hour on dry land, traversing waterways such as rivers and canals.
The 70-ton trailer has hydraulic suspension, steerable axles, and a hydraulic ramp for convenient loading and unloading of big cargo. The trailer has been extensively tested with MBT Arjun as payload, proving its ability to handle tight turns and steep inclines.
Significantly, the Defense Services have seen groundbreaking changes that are bringing the military into the 21st century as a self-sufficient, youthful, technologically advanced force.
The seamless modernization plan prioritized the development of ‘Force Capabilities,’ with an emphasis on fostering a Make in India-focused, self-reliant defense ecosystem and an Army that is both learner-centric and nimble.