Odisha Current Affairs - 2019
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India achieved a third consecutive success in the launch of anti-aircraft air-to-air Astra missile, which was fired from a static launcher on the ground at Chandipur, Odisha. Astra destroyed Lakshya, a pilotless target aircraft, successfully.
- After three more ground-to-air launches in 2013, Astra will be fired from aircraft such as Sukhoi-30 MI, MiG-29 and the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. It can be launched from different altitudes and the distance at which it can kill an enemy aircraft depends on the altitude from which it is fired.
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The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully flight-tested nuclear weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. SFC handles nuclear-tipped missiles.
- Nuclear weapons capable
- surface-to-surface strategic ballistic missile
- single-stage liquid propellant
- payload capacity of 500 kg