Odisha Current Affairs - 2019

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Akash Missile System successfully test fired

Indigenously developed surface-to-air supersonic Akash missile System was successfully test fired from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipuri in Odisha.

Test: Two rounds of Akash missiles were fired against Pilot less target aircraft (PTA) Lakshya, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Banshee and Para-barrel. It successfully destroyed the targets coordinated by the user, demonstrating its ‘killing’ efficiency.

About Akash Missile

  • Akash (in English it means sky) is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM). It is medium range nuclear capable supersonic missile.
  • Indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • Features: The missile has supersonic speeds ranging from Mach 2.8 to 3.5. It is multi target, multi directional, all weather air-defence system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars.
  • It has capability to carry warhead of 60 kg. It can engage aerial targets up to a range of approximately 25 kms. It can reach a high altitude of 18 kms and as low as 30 meters.
  • It is powered by Ramjet-rocket propulsion system (RRPS) which renders thrust for the missile to intercept the target at supersonic speed without any retardation.
  • It is capable of neutralising aerial targets like cruise missiles, fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and air-to-surface missiles.
  • The missile was formally inducted into the IAF in July 2015.

Month: Categories: Defence & Security

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ECoR becomes largest freight loading railway zone

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) Zone headquartered in Bhubaneswar (Odisha) has emerged as largest Freight Loading Railway Zone the country in year 2015-16 in terms of revenue loading performance.

During 2015-16, the ECoR loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight as compared to 161.91 during the 2014-15, registering a 7.1 per cent growth.

Similarly, the zone earned about 15978.28 crore rupees during the financial year 2015-16 which is 14.13 per cent more than the previous financial year.

Altogether, the ECoR carried 131.2 rakes loading per day from its jurisdiction in 2015-16 against 122.4 rakes per day in 2014-15.  It mainly included coal, cement, iron ore, food grains, POL and other commodities.

About East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone

  • The ECoR zone is one of the sixteen railway zones of Indian Railways that came into existence on 1 April 2003.
  • As the name suggests, most of the railway routes of the zone are near the east coast of India.
  • The geographical jurisdiction of ECoR zone extends over three states covering Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Month: Categories: Governance & Politics

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