In a first, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will showcase indigenously-developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra at the Republic Parade 2018. The helicopter will be part of IAF's flypast which will also carry the flag of ASEAN to commemorate the summit meeting of India and the block of South East Asian countries to be held in the national capital on January 19-30. The flypast will include 38 aircraft, including 21 fighters, 12 helicopters and five transporters.
"The flypast will be divided into two blocks. The second block will start with Rudra formation comprising Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV WSI. This is the first time this aircraft is being showcased in the Republic Day Parade," Group Captain Rahul Bhasin told reporter.
This apart, the formations will also C-130 J, AEW&C aircraft escorted by two Sukhoi-30 MKI, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Jaguar, MiG 29 Upgrade aircraft.