Defence Current Affairs

Defence Current Affairs of 2018-19 related to India’s Defence, Indian Armed Forces, Defence Production, Defence Acquisition and related matters for SSC, States Civils, UPSC and Other Competitive Examinations.

Akash missile test fired successfully

India successfully test fired indigenously-developed surface-to-air Akash missile as part of a user trial from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

Akash Missile: 

  • Developed by: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme
  • Type:   Surface-to-Air
  • Range:    25 km, medium range
  • Warhead Capacity:    60 kg
  • Comparative advantage: Compared with American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system, Akash has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles.

Interceptor Missile test fired successfully by DRDO

India’s premier defence equipment manufacturer Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired a new Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile capable of neutralizing any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]How this test was conducted by DRDO?

Firstly, the target which was a dummy incoming enemy missile was test fired from a naval ship more than 2,000 km away in the Bay of Bengal. Following this, after receiving signals from the radars, the interceptor missile blasted off from the launch pad-IV of Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha to hit this target missile.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]What are the objectives of the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission?

DRDO is working to develop sophisticated interceptor missiles capable of neutralizing any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude. The latest PDV mission seeks to engage targets in the exo-atmosphere region at more than 120 km altitude.

[icon name=”icon-info-sign”]DRDO’s achievements in Interceptor Missile Development:

Earlier DRDO had successfully tested six interceptor missiles developed by it, both in the endo-atmosphere (within 30 km altitude above the sea level) and exo-atmosphere stage (above 30 km altitude above the sea level).

The Prithvi Air Defence interceptor missile has already exhibited its precision at an altitude of 50 km and 80 km while the Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile has striked the target missile at an altitude of 15 km to 30 km.