The spotlight of 71st Army day 2019
We all know the army day is celebrated on 15th Jan every year, but how many of you know the significance of this day? Not many of you. So, being an armed force aspirant this topic is of immense importance for you.
- Why do we celebrate the army day?
- Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa's taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.
- The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters.
- On 15 January 2018, India celebrated its 71st Indian Army Day in New Delhi. Army Day marks a day to salute the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens. In 1942, KM Cariappa became the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit.
- How we celebrate the Army day?
- Army day starts with paying tribute to the sacrificed Indian army soldiers at the “Amar Jawan Jyoti” at India Gate in New Delhi.
- After paying homage, a grand parade including military shows takes place to indicate the new technologies like tanks and missiles and accomplishments in the Indian Army.
- Bravery awards including Unit credentials and Sena Medals distributed at this great occasion.
- The day has been marked to memorize the daring and bold Indian soldiers who lost their lives while protecting their nation.
- What's new this year?
- The country will be witnessing a lady officer Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi leading the Indian Army’s Service Corps (ASC) contingent, which comprises of 144 male personnel for the first time.
- The ASC, whose primary role is to act as logistic support to the Army, is returning to the parade after a gap of 23 years.
- Secondly, Captain Shikha Surabhi will lead the Army’s Daredevils Motorcycle Display team for the first time.
- This shows that girls are proving the male chauvinist wrong and breaking all the glass ceiling.
- The team consists of 33 men riding nine bikes in a pyramid formation.
- This team is a part of the Army’s Corps of Signals- a combat support arm that holds a total of 24 world records, including a Guinness World Record too.
- This year’s parade will also see the display of M777A2 Ultra Light Howitzer and K9 Vajra-T artillery for the first time.
About M777A2 and K9 Vajra-T-
- M777A2 represents a significant upgrade in comparison with its old Bofors howitzer, which weighs 11 tons. In a vast country where mountains and jungles are countless, light howitzers such as the aero transportable M777A2 represents a significant upgrade of the artillery firepower. The 155mm shells will be manufactured in India.
- The M777A2 lightweight 155mmm towed howitzer can fire the full ranges of U.S. 155mm ammunition including unassisted projectiles to a range of 24 km and assisted projectiles to 30 km.
- With the upgraded fire controls system, it can also fire Excalibur Precision 155 mm Projectiles, Global Positioning System (GPS)-guided, extended-range artillery projectile M982 and M982A1 at a maximum range of 40 km
- The K-9 Vajra 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled tracked howitzer is a modified version of the Samsung-Techwin K-9 155 mm/52-caliber.
- The self-propelled gun has an operational range of 450 kilometres (279 miles) and can engage enemy targets at a distance of up to 40 kilometres (24 miles).