Defence Current Affairs

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India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile

Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile was successfully tested on 16 April 2015.

The test was conducted from Wheelar Isalnd off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) with support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Facts about Agni III missile

  • It is surface-to-surface nuclear capable intermediate-range ballistic missile.
  • Indigenously developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • Range: 3000 km.
  • Dimensions: 17 metres in length, 2 metres in diameter. Launch weight is around 50 tonnes.
  • Payload: It can carry a nuclear warhead of 1.5 tonne and is protected by carbon all-composite heat shield.
  • It is a two-stage solid-propelled missile.
  • Equipped with the hybrid guidance, navigation and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.

At present India has arsenal of Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi missiles with strike reach of over 3000 km, giving an effective deterrence capability.

BSF launches nationwide tele-medicine programme for troops

Border Security Force (BSF) on 14 April 2015 launched nationwide satellite-based tele-medicine programme for its troops.

The programme will address medical and health-related problems of its troops deployed in far-flung frontier areas and difficult regions in the hinterland in case of an emergency or illness.

Facts about Tele-medicine programme

  • It will be operated and hosted from the BSF’s Kadamtala-based composite hospital in Siliguri, West Bengal.
  • The full-time team of doctors at hospital will be connected with BSF posts along the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla frontiers.
  • The hospital has been equipped with required technology including satellite phones and the VSAT platform to host the programme.
  • BSF’s anti-Naxal operations units in Chhattisgarh and Odisha will also be linked with the same facility.

The programme will be made fully operational in 2015 which marks 50th year of BSF’s Raising.