The Indian Army demonstrated combat swarm drones for the first time in public at the annual Army Day parade in the national capital on Friday. A total of 75 indigenously-developed drones flew together in a large swarm during the parade, offering a peek into their capabilities and potency.
The moment was shared by news agency ANI on Friday. “For the first time ever, Indian Army demonstrates combat swarm drones at the Army Day Parade 2021 in Delhi,” the agency tweeted. Watch the video here:
The government strongly backs the drone development initiative as part of the Make in India programme, which encourages Indian defense manufacturers to focus on core research and development projects towards the next-generation requirements of India’s armed forces.
The army’s armored elements like tanks and infantry combat vehicles (ICV) also took part in the parade. A truck carrying BrahMos cruise missiles – one of the deadliest in the world due to its supersonic speed – drove behind BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles equipped with anti-tank guided missiles.
“We are committed to resolve disputes through talks and political efforts but no one should make any mistake of testing out patience,” the Army Chief said in his customary address on the occasion, as quoted in a report by news agency PTI. “I want to assure the country that the sacrifices of the Galwan heroes will not go waste. Indian Army will not allow any harm to the country’s sovereignty and security.”