India, Jan. 22 -- Republic Day is almost here and just like every year, the nation is gearing up to display its military might, which will be showcased as part of the annual parade. There will be certain new additions to the parade but this year's celebrations will be different from those in previous years due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Here's a list of what will be new and what will be missing from this year's R-Day parade:

What's new:

1. The Rafale fighter jets, purchased from France and inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September last year, will participate in the parade for the first time. The air force has thus far inducted 11 of the 36 Rafale jets ordered from France.

2. The parade will also witness its first pa...