Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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DRDO flight tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the government agency charged with the military’s research and development, successfully flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in ranges of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

Test Highlights

The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher and target was mimicking a functional tank.

In a major boost for Indian Army, all the mission objectives were met as missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision.

This is 3rd series of successful testing of MPATGM. Thus the test paves way for Indian Army to have developed 3rd generation MPATGM indigenously.

About Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

It is an Indian 3rd-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The missile is derived from Nag ATGM of India.

Currently it is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in partnership with Indian defence contractor VEM Technologies Private Limited.

MPATGM is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics.

Features:

Mass- 14.5 kg

Length- 1,300 mm (4 ft 3 in)

Warhead- High-explosive anti-tank warhead

Operational range- 2.5 km

India’s longest electrified train tunnel inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu dedicated the country’s longest electrified rail tunnel between Cherlopalli and Rapuru in Andhra Pradesh. He also inaugurated electrified railway line between Venkatachalam and Obulavaripalli at Gudur railway station and also flagged off Gudur-Vijayawada inter-city superfast express.

Cherlopalli-Rapuru Electrified rail tunnel

It is located between Cherlopalli and Rapuru Railway Stations in Andhra Pradesh. It was built at a cost of Rs. 437 crore and has 44 trolley refuges and 14 cross-passages in a horseshoe design. New Australian Tunneling Method (NATM) was used to construct this tunnel. Its total length is 6.3km. Its height (from rail level to roof) is 6.5 meters and minimum height of contact wire is maintained at 5.2m. LED lightening is provided at 10m intervals inside the tunnel. It is provided by two traction power supply sub-stations near Cherlopalli and near Rapuru. It will provide viable rail connectivity between Krishnapatnam Port and hinterland for seamless movement of freight.

Venkatachalam-Obulavaripalli Electrified railway line

It has nine railway stations along the route, 146 bridges, 60 road-under-bridges and two tunnels. It has no level crossings. It reduces distance by 72 km for trains coming from Guntakal division to Krishnapatnam and eases traffic density in the Obulavaripalli-Renigunta-Gudur section. It will facilitate operation of freight trains on Obulavaripalli-Venkatachalam-Krishnapatnam Port route. It will also provide shortest path on Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Mumbai rail routes. It will ease congestion of both freight and passenger carrying trains in Vijayawada-Gudur-Renigunta-Guntakal sections.