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Garud Special Forces of IAF to participate first time in Republic Day parade

New Delhi [India], January 22

The Garud Special Forces of the Indian Air Force will be marching on the Kartavya Path during this year’s Republic Day parade for the first time.

Squadron Leader PS Jaitawat will be leading the Garud team as part of the IAF contingent and Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy will be the contingent commander.

India is all set to showcase Special Forces and made-in-India missile power on the occasion.This year would also see the first and last participation by Indian Navy’s spy plane IL 38 flying over the Kartavya Path on Republic Day this year.

The Republic Day fly-past will comprise 45 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, one from the Indian Navy and four helicopters from the Indian Army, said Wing Commander Indranil Nandi.

Among the different formations by the IAF officers, Bheem’s formation will be new this year. It will be comprised of 40 deg Pitch-UP and SU-30 streaming fuel by three aircraft.

There will be a total of 13 formations like arrow, abreast, arrowhead, diamond and others by aircraft like Mig-29, Rafale, Jaguar, SU-30 etc, he said.

IL 38SD aircraft of the Indian Navy was decommissioned on January 17, 2022, after completing 44 glorious years of service to the nation.

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