Defence Current Affairs - 2019

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Boeing delivers first of C-17 to IAF

American Plane maker Boeing has made scheduled delivery of the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Boeing is expected to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014. India inked a pact with the U.S. in June 2011, to buy 10 C-17 airlifters, making India the largest C-17 customer outside the U.S.

About C-17 Globemaster-III

A high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions.
It can land in remote airfields in rough, land-locked regions to serve for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. It can take off from a 7,600-ft. airfield, carry a payload of 160,000 pounds, fly 2,400 nautical miles, and refuel while in flight and land in 3,000 ft. or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night.

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India to test fire sub-sonic missile Nirbhay

As per Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India would test fire sub-sonic, medium range cruise missile Nirbhay in Feb 2013. The missile is being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab.

Nirbhay:

  • All-weather low-cost medium-range cruise missile with stealth and high accuracy.
  • Range of 1,000 km.
  • It will carry a ring laser gyroscope for high-accuracy navigation and a radio altimeter for the height determination.
  • Capable of being launched from multiple platforms on land, sea and air and shall be inducted into Indian Navy, Army, and Air Force.
  • Capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
  • Capable of flying at different altitudes ranging from 500 m to 4 km above the ground.
  • Good loitering capability, control and guidance with high degree of accuracy for maximum impact.
  • Nirbhay will supplement the Brahmos cruise missile by carrying warheads beyond the 300-km range.

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