Chief of Staff, Delhi Area, and Deputy Parade Commander Major General Rajpal Poonia on Wednesday said that M777 and K-9 Vajra ultra light howitzers will be the new entrants into the Republic Day parade along with the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) missile of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzer weighing 4.5 tonnes and has a range of 30 kilometres. It was inducted into the Indian Army in November 2018 and can be used in both plain and hilly terrains. Meanwhile, the K9 Vajra-T which has a range of 38 kilometres, has been supplied by L&T in partnership with a South Korean firm.
Elaborating about the Republic Day programme on January 26, Poonia said: “Many lady officers are leading contingents and Nari Shakti would be the great displayer and attraction of this year’s parade. In terms of participation in the parade, the number of women armed forces is the highest this time.” Read More