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Republic Day 2021: Rafael’s show for the first time on Republic Day, showcasing India’s strength in the sky

The new Rafale fighter aircraft joined the Indian Army for the first time in India’s Republic Day Parade. (Image: Reuters)

72nd Indian Republic Day: The new Rafale fighter aircraft joined the Indian Army for the first time in India’s Republic Day Parade. Rafael showed Eklavya together with the Brahmastra Formation and four other fighter jets. The fighter showed Ekalavya flying at an altitude of about 300 meters, with two Jagaur and two MIG-29 aircraft. Five planes made the V shape in which Rafael was at the forefront.

Joined the Air Force last year

25 thousand spectators saw Rafael’s flight. The Rafale fighter aircraft, which boosted the strength of the Indian Air Force, was inducted on 10 September last year. As is commonly done on Republic Day, the flypast was divided into two blocks, the first with a parade and the second after the parade. In the first block, there were three formations. The first mark included four Mi17V5 aircraft carrying the national flag and the logo of the three services. After this Dhruva Formation was done by Army Aviation Corps.

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The last was the Rudra Formation, which had two Mi17V5 helicopters with a Dakota aircraft that celebrated the 50th anniversary of India’s victory in the 1971 war. Dakotas played a big role in that fight. On 16 December last year, India began a year-long celebration of its victory over Pakistan. The second block of flypast consisted of nine formations. These were Sudarshan, Rakshak, Bhima, Netra, Garuda, Eklavya, Trinetra, Vijay and Brahmastra.

The Sudarshan Formation consisted of one Chinook and two Mi17V5 helicopters. The protector included one Mi-35 and four Apache helicopters. The Bhima Formation had three C-130J aircraft and the Netra Formation, with the eye developed in the country and two Sukhoi 30 combat aircraft.

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