India Republic Day

With Bangladesh in focus, IAF's vintage Dakota to fly past parade

Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi

20 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

With Bangladesh in focus, vintage Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft Dakota will do a fly-past at India's Republic Day Parade on January 26.

The Dakota aircraft will be part of the Rudra formation along with 2 MI 171V. Dakotas played an important role during the Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971 and were used to airdrop troops.

Bangladesh Air Force began its journey with gifted Dakotas from the IAF.

IAF's spokesperson Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said, "The entire nation is celebrating Swarnim Vijay Jayanti. As part of the celebrations, the vintage Dakota, which participated in the operations during the 1971 war, along with MI 171V will be flying past the dais when the Bangladesh contingent will be passing."

This year, a 122-member strong contingent from Bangladesh's Armed Forces will be part of the Republic Day Parade. It is only the third time in India’s history that any foreign military contingent has been invited to participate in the parade.

The Bangladesh contingent is comprised of soldiers of Bangladesh Army, sailors of Bangladesh Navy and air warriors of Bangladesh Air Force.

The majority of the soldiers in the Bangladesh contingent come from the most distinguished units of Bangladesh Army comprised of 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 East Bengal Regiments and 1, 2 and 3 field artillery regiments who had fought during the 1971 Liberation War.

In 2021, Bangladesh celebrates the 50th year of its independence and as part of shared celebrations, the country will be a key centre point at India's Republic Day Parade.