New Delhi: At the 75th Republic Day parade on Jan 26, for the first time women officers from the Artillery Regiment will march on Kartavya Path.
They will be part of the mechanised columns that will display indigenous equipment as part of the Govt’s approach of ‘Atmanirbharta’ in armed forces.
Two pieces of equipment from the Regiment of Artillery — the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher system and Swathi weapon-locating radar — will be showcased during the parade, represented by women artillery officers. A total of four women from the Regiment of Artillery will be part of the parade, according to the Army.
Women were commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery as officers in two batches in April and September last year. As of today, there are a total of 10 women officers in the regiment.
On the mechanised columns, the women officers will be on the drone jamming system, advanced radio frequency monitoring system, Sarvatra Bridging System of the Corps of Engineers as well as the medium range surface-to-air missile system.
The Republic Day parade will be commanded by Lt Gen Bhavnish Kumar, General Officer Commanding, Delhi area. The deputy commander will be Maj. Gen Sumit Mehta.
The T90 tanks, Nag missile system and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle will be part of the parade, along with new-generation vehicles such as the specialist mobility vehicle, vehicle-mounted Indian mortar system and quick reaction vehicle, the Army said in a communication.