Defence Current Affairs 2017

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U.S.General Norman Schwarzkopf who led Operation Desert Storm died

image The retired US General Norman Schwarzkopf who led the U.S. Forces for a victory in the first Gulf War in Operation Desert Strom in 1991 died.

Operation Desert Storm

Operation Desert Storm is the codename of the Gulf War fought in 1991 by a U.N.-authorized Coalition force from 34 nations led by the United States, against Iraq during the regime of President Saddam Hussein in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. The Coalition forces drove out the forces of Iraq from the country and gained the victory in the war.

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Astra’s third launch also successful one

India achieved a third consecutive success in the launch of anti-aircraft air-to-air Astra missile, which was fired from a static launcher on the ground at Chandipur, Odisha.  Astra destroyed Lakshya, a pilotless target aircraft, successfully.

Future plans:

  • After three more ground-to-air launches in 2013, Astra will be fired from aircraft such as Sukhoi-30 MI, MiG-29 and the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. It can be launched from different altitudes and the distance at which it can kill an enemy aircraft depends on the altitude from which it is fired.

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K-15 missile ready to be integrated with Arihant

The underwater missile K-15 (K-15 Sagarika missile) developed byimage Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully launched off the Visakhapatnam coast. After one more flight, the two-stage missile will be integrated with Arihant, India’s nuclear-powered submarine.

India has joined the club of nations who possess an underwater launch system. The other countries are the U.S., Russia, France and China.

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