Indigenous 105-mm Light Field Guns:
During the 77th Independence Day celebrations at Delhi’s iconic Red Fort, Indigenous 105-mm Light Field Guns were used for the ceremonial gun salute, replacing the British 25-pounder guns.
- These indigenous guns marked their debut earlier this year with a 21-gun salute during the Republic Day parade.
- The 21-gun salute involves specially-designed cartridges to create firing sounds.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a Guard of Honour from the Armed Forces and Delhi Police before hoisting the national flag and delivering his 10th consecutive Independence Day address.
- Flower petals were showered by Indian Air Force helicopters, and the theme for the year is ‘Nation First, Always First,’ aligned with the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebration.
- The use of Indigenous 105-mm Light Field Guns for the ceremonial gun salute at the Red Fort holds immense significance.
- It symbolizes India’s progress in defense manufacturing and technology and replaces the British 25-pounder guns.
- This reflects the nation’s move towards self-reliance in defense equipment.