New Delhi: US President arrives in India on January 25, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century.
Here are top five things that you should know about the Obama visit:
A seven-layer security ring will be thrown around the VVIP enclosure on Rajpath for the Republic Day parade to be witnessed by US President Barack Obama and the airspace over the area would be monitored by a radar to be specially set up. This will form part of the planned unprecedented ground-to-air security drill that will turn the national capital into an impregnable fortress during the visit of Obama as Chief Guest for the main Republic Day celebrations on January 26 – the first by any American President.
A multi-agency control room will monitor the surveillance operations in every area of the national capital which has been put on the highest alert because of the visit of the US President. Obama is arriving here on January 25 on a three-day visit to the country. Threat perception is the highest for the event but there is no specific intelligence input about a possible terror strike, officials engaged with the preparations said today while giving a broad overview of the security drill.
Besides a massive seven-layer security ring that will be thrown around the VVIP enclosure on Rajpath for the Republic Day parade, for the first time, the Delhi will use face-recognition cameras around the venue. Such cameras will be installed at the city's entry points to identify any anti-national and criminal elements.
The US President will travel in ‘The Beast', his bomb-proof General Motors Cadillac with eight-inch thick armour-plating on its doors. The car is designed to protect the president from terror attacks and keep him connected with his administration on the go. Equipped with the most advanced security and coded communications systems, it is said to be the best protection vehicle in the world. In all, it's a formidable vehicle--truly deserving of its nickname.
US President Barack Obama will visit India to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest on January 26. He will arrive here in his special plane - Air Force One.
Air Force One or 'The Flying White House' as it is called, is a customized Boeing 747-200B Jumbo and has a bomb proof windshield. It will be accompanied by two other similar planes in the fleet, costing $250 million each, to act as decoys.
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