Combined Guided Weapon Firing Exercise at Air Force Station, Suryalanka

Question: The Combined Guided Weapon Firing Exercise titled CROSSBOW-18 took place at which of the following place?
(a) Adampur
(b) Bagdogra
(c) Agra
(d) Suryalanka
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • An 11 days Combined Guided Weapon Firing exercise named ‘CROSSBOW-18’ took place on 3-13 December 2018 at the Air Force Station Suryalanka in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh under the aegis of Southern Air Command.
  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on a two day visit witnessed the combined guided weapons firing exercise of Surface to Air Missile.
  • This exercise was conducted in order to improve the combat skills of missile Squadron crew by upgrading professional skills and aimed to strengthen the Air Defence preparedness of the country.
  • This was a first of its kind Exercise undertaken by the Indian Air Force in which firing of four different class of missiles – AKASH, SPYDER, OSA-AK-M and IGLA was successfully carried out during day and night in an integrated networked environment.
  • AKASH is a medium range Surface to Air Missile with multi target engagement capability. AKASH missile is developed by joint venture of DRDO & BDL.
  • SPYDER Missile is developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with cooperation from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
  • OSA-AK-M Missile is a highly mobile, low-altitude, short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system developed in the Soviet Union.
  • IGLA Missile is a series of surface to air missiles developed by Soviet Union.

Links:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=186214
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9K38_Igla
http://weaponsystems.net/weaponsystem/EE05%20-%20SA-8%20Gecko.html
https://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/English/index.jsp?pg=akash.jsp

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