India celebrated its 63rd Republic Day. An impressive display of India's military might and cultural diversity was showcased during the parade. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid a solemn tribute to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the nation by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
Minutes before the parade began, Singh, Antony and chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force laid wreaths at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', an eternal flame in the memory of those who laid down their lives while defending the nation.
Contingents of the Armed Forces march at the Rajpath. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Naval contingents march at Rajpath. Photo: R. V. Moorthy
President Pratibha Patil , Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrive to watch 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI
An impressive display of armour and unmanned aerial vehicles recently added to India's military prowess was on full display at the 63rd Republic Day parade.
The Agni-IV, successfully flight tested last November, stole the limelight as people cheered when the missile which can carry nuclear weapons was rolled out on the majestic Rajpath.
The Intermediate Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile mounted on a road mobile launcher was paraded by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The DRDO also put on display for the first time the 150 km range Prahaar Tactical Battlefield Support Missile and the Rustom-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
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