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Army contingents display evolution of uniforms, rifles since 1947

Last updated on: January 26, 2022 19:36 IST

How Indian Army uniforms and rifles have evolved over the decades since the Indian independence was on display at this year's Republic Day parade.

IMAGE: Rajput Regiment contingent marches past during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The soldiers wore 1950s uniform and carried .303 rifles. Photograph: Sanjay Sharma/ANI Photo

Three marching contingents of the Indian Army wore uniforms and carried rifles from previous decades, while one contingent wore the new combat uniform and carried the latest Tavor rifles at Republic Day Parade-2022 (RDP-2022) as a part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrating the 75th year of India's independence.


There were a total of six marching contingents of the Army at the parade this year.

IMAGE: Soldiers in the contingent of Assam regiment wore 1960s uniform and carried .303 rifles. Photograph: Sanjay Sharma/ANI Photo

Each marching contingent this year comprised 96 soldiers instead of the usual 144 so that proper attention can be given to COVID-19 protocol.

The Indian Army's first marching contingent, of Rajput regiment soldiers, wore the 1950s uniform and carried .303 rifles.

The second marching contingent, of Assam regiment soldiers, wore the 1960s uniform of the Indian Army and carried .303 rifles.

IMAGE: Soldiers of the Sikh Light Infantry wearing current uniform and carrying 5.56 Insas rifles. Photograph: Sanjay Sharma/ANI Photo

The 1970s uniform of the Army was worn by soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment, who formed the third marching contingent, and they carried 7.62 mm self-loading rifles.

IMAGE: Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry contingent wore the 1970s uniform and carried 7.62 mm self-loading rifles. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo

The fourth and fifth marching contingents were of Sikh Light Infantry and Army Ordnance Corps Regiment, respectively, and these soldiers wore the current uniform of the Army and carry 5.56 mm Insas rifles.

IMAGE: Parachute Regiment contingent marches wearing the new combat uniform of the Indian Army. Photograph: Sanjay Sharma/ANI Photo

The sixth contingent was of Parachute regiment soldiers who wore the new combat uniform, which was unveiled earlier this month, and carried Tavor rifles.

Overall, there were a total of 14 marching contingents -- six of Army, one of Navy, one of Air Force, four of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), two of National Cadet Corps (NCC), one of Delhi police and one of National Service Scheme (NSS).

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