Missiles Current Affairs - 2020

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India successfully test fired long range nuke-capable Agni-IV missile

India successfully test fired a nuclear-capable Agni-IV strategic missile from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

About nuke-capable Agni-IV missile

  • Type: Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (surface-to-surface missile)
  • Operational range: 4000 km
  • Developed and tested by:  Defense Research and Development Organisation(DRDO).
  • Used by: Indian Army
  • India’s second longest-range missile.
  • Light-weight
  • Two stages of solid propulsion
  • Payload with re-entry heat shield

India successfully test-fired nuke-capable Prithvi II missile

India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully test-fired nuclear capable Prithvi II missile as part of a regular training exercise. The indigenously developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar.

  • First missile developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP)
  • Medium: Surface-to-surface
  • Fuel Type: Single-stage liquid fuelled
  • Payload capacity: 500 to 1000 kg
  • Range: 350km
  • Variants: Prithvi I for Army, Prithvi II for Air Force and;  Dhanush for the Navy
  • Inducted into the SFC in 2003