- Title: INDIA: ANNUAL ARMY DAY PARADE REVIEWED BY GENERAL RAO.
- Date: 16th January 1982
- Summary: DELHI, INDIA LV & CU General Rao takes salute as Indian troops march past. (4 SHOTS) 0.21 GV Guests seated watching parade. 0.24 LV PAN Vijanta tanks drive past. 0.43 CU PULL BACK TO LV Mr. Rajiv Gandhi seated with other guests watching. 0.50 SV PAN 105MM Abbots (SP) mobile gun vehicles drive past. 1.01 GV & SV PAN Soviet built ZSU 234 B1 (SP) gun mount, Schilka driving past as General Rao salutes. (2 SHOTS) 1.20 GV Crowd. 1.23 GV & CU Massed pipes and drums march past. (2 SHOTS) 1.48
- Embargoed: 31st January 1982 12:00
- Location: India, India
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflict,General
- Reuters ID: LVA6RE8L3SBVEQ9UK98G256FWIVM
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- Story Text: DELHI, INDIA
Soviet weaponry was among the armour on display as India celebrated its annual Army Day on Friday (15 January). The Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, General Rao, led the inspection of the parade which included Vijanta tanks and Schilka mounted guns, acquired from the Soviet Union and on display for the first time. The Soviet Union is a main supplier of arms to India. Among the invited guests was the Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi's son, Rajiv. India has over a million men under although military service is voluntary. In 1980/81 net defence expenditure was estimated at 36,000 million rupees (4,000 million US dollars). On the same day as the Army Day parade, Mrs Gandhi announced she was handing over the Ministry of Defence, to the former Finance Minister, Mr. Venkataraman.
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