Defence Current Affairs - 2019

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Pinaka rockets tested successfully

Screenshot_1Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) successfully test fired Pinaka rockets were from a Multi- Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) from a base at Chandipur. The MBRL is capable of acting as a force multiplier and has been developed to supplement artillery guns. Pinaka has undergone several tough tests since 1995 and has already been introduced into the armed forces.

In July, 2013, a more advanced 2nd generation i.e. Pinaka Mark II Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher System had undergone successful firing trials at Chandhan area in Pokhran field firing ranges in western Rajastan and is in development stage.

Pinaka and its applications
  • Pinaka is an unguided area weapon rocket system with a range of 40 km, meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.
  • It can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds, the battery of six launchers can neutralise at a time a target area of 3.9 sq km.
  • The system’s capability to incorporate several types of warheads makes it deadly for the enemy as it can even destroy solid structures and bunkers.
  • The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of the system gives an edge to the Army during a low amount conflict situation

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India’s launches indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

Screenshot_1India launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant which was a remarkable moment in the $5 billion project that seeks to enhance the country’s power and curtail the rising influence of China. INS Vikrant will come into full service in 2018 which will make India the fifth nation to have designed and built its own aircraft carrier going ahead of China to join an elite club that includes Britain, France, Russia and the United States.

INS Vikrant
  • Vikrant, which means “courageous” or “bold” in Hindi, is a 40,000-tonne vessel which will carry Russian built MiG-29 fighter jets and other light aircraft.
  • Its hull design and some of its machinery is domestically made and most of its weaponry will be imported as well as its propulsion system which was sourced from GE in the United States.
  • Its primary role will only be to defend the naval fleet and it will not be used for ground attacks.
  • It’s a defence carrier and will attack platforms that are coming to attack our naval fleet
  • It will be positioned in the Indian Ocean region where the world’s commercial and economic interests conflate.
  • In the next 4 years, the ship will be tested after fitting it with weaponry and machinery

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