Missile Current Affairs - 2020

China objects the presence of US THAAD missile in South Korea

THAAD is Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. It is a transportable and ground-based missile defense system.

What is the issue?

China believes that US is exerting its influence over South Korea and Japan. This may interfere China’s long term diplomatic, military and economic interests in the region. China has been reiterating its long-standing objections about the presence of US THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

South Korea-China

US announced that THAAD missile system operated in the South Korean soil is a counter measure against attacks by North Korea. In 2017, the tensions in the region escalated when North Korea test fired its missiles in the direction of US bases in Japan.

About THAAD

The THAAD is an anti-ballistic missile system. It was developed after the US experiences in the Gulf War, 1991. THAAD has been deployed in Israel, UAE, Romania and South Korea. THAAD is capable of destroying missiles by colliding with them. It uses Kinetic Kill Technology to achieve this.

“AGNEEPRASTHA”, the Missile Park: Foundation Stone laid

On May 29, 2020, foundation stone for a missile park called “Agneeprastha” was laid at INS Kalinga.

Highlights

The Missile Park aims to provide information about the history of INS Kalinga. The main attraction of the park is the P-70 Ametist. It is an anti-ship missile that is launched under water. The Missile Park will also be a motivational arena for minds that are interested in missiles and missile technologies.

The missile park is to be dedicated to officers, sailors and other support staff that have served in support of INS Kalinga.

Solar Power Plant

The Park is to operate on solar power. A 2 MW Solar Photo voltaic plant was commissioned at INS Kalinga as well.

The plant is a part of the National Solar Mission of GoI. It will aid the GoI to achieve its target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022.

INS Kalinga

The INS Kalinga is an Indian Navy establishment that reports to the Eastern Naval Command. It is located in Vishakhapatnam.