Captain Preeti Choudhary the only woman contingent commander in the Indian Army, on Tuesday lead the upgraded Schilika weapon system as it rolled down at the 72nd Republic Day parade in Rajpath for the first time this year.
The upgraded Schilka Weapon system was equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers and has the ability to destroy wartime targets for low-level air defence in all-weather, keeping an accurate eye on targets. It can track and shoot enemy targets up to 2 kilometres on the ground and about 2.5 kilometres in the air, Captain Preeti Choudhary had told reporters.
Speaking about her role as the only woman contingent commandant prior to the parade, Captain Preeti asserted that she received the opportunity because the upgraded weapon system belonged to her regiment, not because of her gender.
Captain Preeti had last marched the Republic Day parade along Rajpath in 2016 as a cadet with the National Cadet Corps. She is also the recipient of the Sword of Honour for being an all-round cadet at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.