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India successfully conducts twin trial of Prithvi-II missile

BALASORE, Nov 21: India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.

In salvo mode, the two surface-to-surface missiles which have a strike range of 350km and are capable of carrying 500kg to 1,000kg of warheads were successfully test-fired in quick succession from mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9.35am, defence sources said.

A similar twin trial had been conducted on October 12, 2009 from the same base where both tests were successful.

The missile is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target, they said.

The missiles were randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, a defence scientist said.

The missile trajectory was tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha, sources said. The downrange teams on board the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown.

Inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003, the nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, defence sources said.

MKU To Bring Next Gen Armoured Vehicles To India

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Nov 17: Flagship event on Armoured Vehicles “Future Armoured Vehicles India” was organized in the capital by DGMF in association with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review. The two-day seminar discussed varied topics with relation to armoured vehicles, including modernization, upgrades and overhaul.

With focus on the future of armoured vehicles in India, a special presentation focused on Smart Survivability of these vehicles. MKU, a leading manufacturer and solution provider for platform protectionwith over 30 years of domain experience made a presentation highlighting their capabilities in armour protection focusing on “contemporary and future light weight armour solutions in composite materials".

Over these years, MKU has provided protection solutions for more than 2000 platforms globally including a wide range of naval vessels, land vehicles and aircrafts. Many of the naval vessels doing duty on the Indian coastline have armour provided by the company.

Engineers at MKU have developed Armor solutions using Gen 6 technology, which combines advanced material with modern techniques to reduce the weight and thickness of armor panels by almost 40%. This translates into more useful payload without compromising its protection or performance. Ballistic solutions provided by MKU conform to Environmental Standards as per MIL 810 G.

In their presentation MKU stressed on the importance of using these solutions more extensively on the existing and upcoming platforms and suggested the services should look at it more closely.

A number of Indian vehicle programmes are in the pipeline. These include the LAM, LSV, LBPV and the mother of all programmes FICV. Over the course of two days the services and the industry discussed on the configuration of these platforms to meet future threat requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.

MKU in the presentation mentioned that the solution for some of the programs already exist and the their technical team is working on the development for futuristic platforms like the FICV and the FRCV.


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