India, Jan. 25 -- Among the many 'firsts' of the decade's first Republic Day parade on Tuesday will be the participation of the newly-acquired Rafale fighter jets. A single Rafale aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will put on a show on January 26, in what is a highly-anticipated display.

Here's a look at some key points as the Rafale gets ready to make its R-Day debut:

1. During Tuesday's flypast, the Rafale will fly in a "Vertical Charlie" formation. The aircraft flies at a low altitude, pulls up vertically and conducts a roll before stabilising at a higher altitude in the "Vertical Charlie" formation.

2. Besides Rafale, 41 other aircraft will be a part of different formations. These include 21 helicopters, 15 fighter jets, five ...