Missiles Current Affairs - 2019

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India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush missile from ship

India on 9 April 2015 successfully test fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast.

Test- The ship-based missile was launched from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), deep inside the Bay of Bengal to test its full range. It successfully hit the target point with high degree of accuracy.

Facts about Dhanush Missile

  • Indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The surface-to-surface missile is a naval variant of Prithvi missile.
  • Capable of carrying of 500 to 1000 kilogram conventional as well as nuclear payload.
  • It is a single-stage, liquid-propelled missile and has range of 350 km.
  • Capable to target both land-based and sea-based targets. It gives Indian Navy capability to strike enemy targets with great precision.

It should be noted that Dhanush is one of the 5 missiles developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

The previous trial of the missile was successfully conducted in November 2014.

India successfully test fired Nuclear-Capable Agni IV missile

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, from a test range located at Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast.

Test: The missile was supported by a mobile launcher. It was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR). The test was conducted by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

This test was the fourth trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial was carried out successfully on 20th January 2014 from the same test range.

Key facts

  • Agni-IV is sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability.
  • It has a strike range of about 4000 km.
  • It is equipped with state of the art Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
  • It is integrated with Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS), which ensures that missile hits the target within two digit accuracy.

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.