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From Drone show to Anti-drone technology: Many firsts in R-day celebrations

For the first time ever, the Beating the Retreat ceremony, which will take place on January 29, 2022, will witness a dazzling Laser show and a Drone show with background music. The Rashtrapati Bhawan along with the Rajpath will be bathed in tricolour with the lazar light ceremony as a part of Beating Retreat celebrations in the national capital Delhi.

The annual ceremony will see nearly 1,000 drones, designed and developed by Botlab, a startup from IIT-Delhi, to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence.

Likewise, for the first time, on the parapet of the north block and the south block, a laser projection mapping show will be organized to commemorate 75 years of independence and Republic Day celebrations. The two shows will take place in addition to the foot-tapping music and classical renditions that are there every year at the Beating Retreat ceremony.

It is noteworthy that, India will be the fourth country to conduct a drone show of this size that has been designed and conceptualized indigenously. Previously, the United States, China, and Russia are the three countries that put up a drone show of this size.

Anti-Drone tech for R-Day security

For the Republic Day celebrations, the Delhi Police intensified anti-terror measures in the national capital. Anti-terror monitoring systems were also put on alert for the smooth flow of Republic Day celebrations.

Delhi Police Commissioner, Rakesh Asthana shared that for the past two months, the Delhi Police have been taking intensified anti-terror measures in the national capital. He also listed the anti-terror measures taken under 26 parameters which include, intensified vehicle checking, checking of lodges, and tenant, servant, laborer verification.

Notably, a counter rogue drone technology was used to secure the air space around the India Gate and the entire stretch of the Republic Day parade.

Apart from Delhi Police, other agencies also coordinated to secure airspace. All agencies in and around Central Vista worked in tandem with the Delhi Police. In total, 27,723 personnel were deployed including, 71 DCPs, 213 ACPs, 753 Inspectors, and Delhi Police Commanders. At least 65 companies of CAPF also coordinated with these forces.

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