Many firsts this Republic Day, know them all here

It was a Republic Day parade with many firsts.

Apart from four veterans of the Indian National Army (INA), an all-women contingent of the 183-year-old Assam Rifles were also seen marching down Rajpath.

Again, an IAF aircraft flying using a mix of traditional and biofuel was also among the first that was witnessed this Republic Day.

The artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, recently acquired from the US and K-9 Vajra, a self-propelled artillery gun were also new additions this year.

The four INA veterans, aged over 90, rode down the ceremonial boulevard in an open jeep, as a striking black and white portrait of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose hung from the side of their vehicles.

They received a round of applause from the crowd as they passed by.

The INA was an armed force formed by Indian nationalist Rash Behari Bose in 1942 in Southeast Asia during World War II. Later, Netaji took charge of the army to fight against British forces.

And, firsts were created this Republic Day not just on ground but also in air.

During the flypast segment, IAF’s An-32 aircraft flews in a ‘vic’ formation, whose lead plane was flown using a mix of traditional and biofuel for the first time during the parade, a senior IAF official said.

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