सामयिक विषय: Defense/Science Short Notes

Successful Test Firing of Guided Pinaka

Successful Test Firing of Guided Pinaka rocket

Question: India successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at which of the following place?
(a) Sriharikota
(b) Chandipur
(c) Jaisalmer
(d) Visakhapatnam
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On 12 January 2017; India on successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha.
  • This was the Mark-II version of Pinaka rocket was test fired from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
  • The Guided Pinaka is a modified version of the Pinaka rocket, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit.
  • This conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka.
  • The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path.
  • The guided Pinaka has been combined developed by Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).


Submarine ‘Khanderi’ Launched

Submarine ‘Khanderi’ Launched

Question: Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ class stealth submarine was launched on 12th January, 2017. The Scorpene submarines are being progressed with transfer of Technology from …
a) M/s DCNS, France
b) Siebe Gorman, Britain
c) Achidatex, Isreal
d) None of the above
Ans: (a)
Related facts:

  • On 12th January, 2017 Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ class stealth submarine, was launched by Minister of state for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre paving the way for her sea trials.
  • As per the traditions of Indian Navy the submarine has been christened after her illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile ‘Foxtrot’ class submarine decommissioned in 1989.
  • The construction of six Scorpene submarines is presently being progressed at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited under Project 75 with Transfer of Technology from M/s DCNS, France as the Collaborator.
  • The first of the class submarine, Kalvari is presently undergoing sea trials and likely to be commissioned into Navy by Mid 2017. The submarine is expected to be delivered to Navy by the year end.
  • These submarines would form the core of Navy’s conventional Submarine Arm after induction.
  • The launching of Khanderi also marks a critical milestone event for the Shipyard which earlier has delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the 90’s and has now strengthened its position as a submarine building yard for Indian Navy.
  • Started as a small dry dock facility for East India Company, MDL today has established itself as a forefront Defence Public Sector Undertaking, with indigenous construction of several ships and submarines for Navy such as P 15 B Destroyers and P 17 A class stealth Frigates being the latest.
  • Indian Navy celebrates Golden Jubilee of the submarine arm in 2017. The induction of Project 75 submarines would mark the beginning of a new chapter in our submarine capabilities.


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