Artillery power to enhance Independence Day fete

Artillery power to enhance Independence Day fete
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The citizens gearing up for the 71st Independence Day celebrations are in for a visual treat by the Bison Division in collaboration with the Telangana Andhra Sub Area (TASA) showcasing the state of the art military equipment.

Secunderabad: The citizens gearing up for the 71st Independence Day celebrations are in for a visual treat by the Bison Division in collaboration with the Telangana Andhra Sub Area (TASA) showcasing the state of the art military equipment. Artillery weapons including, Missiles, Sniper Rifles and Grenades would be put on display during the celebrations at Parade Grounds. This is the first ever exposition of such heavy weaponry in Telangana on Independence Day. The likes of these weapons are also seen at the celebrations in Delhi.

Annually, the Parade Ground in Secunderabad witnesses the soldiers and cadets commemorating Independence Day and honouring the martyrs. But, this 71st Independence Day, the citizens are in for a visual treat as the grandeur of the celebrations has been taken up by a notch with the special display of artillery weapons. From A1 army tanks and 105 MM Indian Field guns to Antitank Guided Missile (used to destroy tanks), Automatic Grenade Launcher System (AGLS), Sniper Rifles and 5.56MM INSAS LMG (Light Machine Gun), will be at display.

“The public has notion that the army is aloof from them and this is a great platform for us to change their perception. This is the first time in Telangana that we are displaying such sophisticated weapons on Independence Day and it is an effort from our end to make the youth acquainted with the equipment. People are worried about Doklam and China but we want them to know that what we are capable of and this showcase is a quintessential way of making a statement,” said a higher official from TASA.

According to the official, youngsters can get an opportunity to have an up-close look at the army tanks and other machines and this might also encourage the youth to join the armed forces. Sainath, a 15-year-old National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet said, “I remember the day we were familiarised with the war weapons; it was during one of our training sessions and my team and I could not contain the excitement. There are many feel good facts about these machines and now the civilians will also experience it.”

Parade Ground has been a base camp for military personnel for centauries and every year on Independence Day the Martyrs are honoured for their valour and sacrifice by the Chief Minister, General Officer Commanding of TASA and many other army officials. Following this ceremony, the day will be adorned with parades and cultural activities like Kolaatam, said the Parade Commander.

By Tera Sneha Reddy

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