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Saturday, 24 November 2012

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India takes a step towards targeting multiple missiles
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 23
India today demonstrated a new technology to intercept multiple incoming missiles as part of its Advanced Air Defence (AAD) programme. An incoming “enemy’ missile was physically intercepted and destroyed at an altitude of 15 km, while another was simultaneously intercepted and destroyed in a mimicked electronic fashion at an ‘altitude’ of 120 km.

The new technology to physically destroy incoming enemy missiles at an altitude of 120 km will be demonstrated in the coming months, a senior functionary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told the Tribune this evening.

The new system, developed in-house by the DRDO’s missile development team, has the ability to tackle several incoming targets simultaneously. “In today’s war scenario, some of the incoming missiles can be dummies and the ability to bring down all of them has to be in place,” the functionary explained. Both China and Pakistan have long-range missiles.

Today’s test was carried out from the Wheeler Island in Odisha on the eastern coast of India. In today’s test, an incoming ‘enemy’ missile — a modified version of ‘Prithvi’ — was fired. Long and MFC radars detected the missile from take-off and tracked it. Once trajectory was estimated by computers, an interceptor missile was fired automatically. The supersonic missile intercepted the ‘enemy’ object and destroyed it.

About missile defence system

Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile is part of a multi-layer ballistic missile defence system

Is a 7.5-metre-long single-stage solid rocket propelled guided missile

Equipped with navigation system, hi-tech computer and electro-mechanical activator

Has own mobile launcher, tracking and homing capabilities, radars

Missile Shield on course

India on Friday successfully tested its indigenously developed ballistic missile shield off the coast of Odisha.

A "hostile" ballistic missile — a modified surface-to-surface "Prithvi", mimicking an incoming enemy weapon — first lifted off from a mobile launcher at Chandipur - on-Sea at 12.52 pm

Within four minutes, the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence missile positioned at Wheeler Island, around 70 km from Chandipur, roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming missile mid-air
Map row: India hits back at China

New Delhi, November 23
Unhappy over China showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territory in maps of the country on their new e-passports, India has retaliated by issuing visas containing Indian maps including these regions as part of it.

The retaliation came after the Chinese Government started issuing new e-passports carrying pages with watermark Chinese maps including Arunachal and Aksai Chin as its parts.

Taking note of this few weeks back, India through its embassy in Beijing is issuing visas to Chinese nationals with a map of India including these places as part of its territory.

Earlier also, China had triggered a diplomatic row by issuing stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir terming it as a "disputed territory" and denied visas to those hailing from Arunachal Pradesh.

Peeved over this action, India lodged a strong protest with China which subsequently reverted to issuing normal visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir but without officially admitting that they were doing so.

China’s claim to Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh, which shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with it, is not new.

In 1962, China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996, the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control to maintain peace and tranquility.

Significantly, these developments occur even as a high-level team of Chinese diplomats, for the first time, visited Sikkim in connection with consular issues, which was seen as reconfirmation of Beijing's stance of accepting the state as part of India.

The development comes even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Cambodia where the two leaders discussed ways to move forward on the vexed boundary issue. — PTI
India Tests Missile Interceptor
NEW DELHI, November 23 (RIA Novosti) - The Indian Army carried out a successful test on Friday of its Advanced Air Defense (AAD) anti-ballistic missile interceptor, IANS reported.

The AAD missile, fired from the Wheeler test range in the Bay of Bengal in Orissa state, hit a test target launched from India's Chandipur launch facility, also in Orissa. The army did not disclose what kind of rocket was intercepted.

Indian specialists are working on development of a national missile defense system, part of which will consist of interceptor missiles, India says.
Army officer, Sri Lankan girlfriend love saga ends in fairy tale

It's like a plot from any popular Bollywood romantic movie. An officer of the Indian Army fell in love with a Sri Lankan citizen, who was studying in Bangalore. However, when they wanted to enter wedlock, the Army came in between and refused to relieve the officer from his duties.

Eventually, the High Court of Karnataka had to intervene to give a fairy tale ending to the couple's love.

The High Court of Karnataka dismissed two writ petitions filed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) challenging the ruling given by a Single Judge Bench of the High Court in favor of the officer. With this, Major Vikas Kumar, who is serving in the Corps of Signal in the northeast part of the country, is free to tie the knot with his Sri Lankan girlfriend Arnila Ranamali Gunaratne.

Vikas had met Arnila, who is pursuing her M.Phil in Bangalore, through a common friend in 2011 and love blossomed between the two. However, Arnila was not keen on giving up her citizenship in Sri Lanka.

Consequently, in order to save their relationship, Vikas decided to come out of the Army and marry his girlfriend during November 2011. However, the Army refused to relieve him, contending that he had not completed the mandatory service period.

Incidentally, Vikas was willing to pay the expenses borne by the Army to train him. As per Indian Army rules, the officers or soldiers cannot marry foreign citizens till they give up their nationality and apply for Indian citizenship. In this case, as such a possibility was difficult, Vikas, who had joined the Army in 2000, decided to quit the Armed Forces.

The officer then approached the High Court seeking relief. The High Court, during October, had taken objection to the Indian Army's stand on the issue. Subsequently, the MOD had filed two writ petitions objecting to Vikas' appeal.

A Division Bench headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen dismissed both the petitions and imposed a cost of Rs.75,000 on the MoD.

"The world has become a global village; distrust and discrimination against a foreign citizen remains the order of the day. There are several instances where citizens betray their own country. There is no empirical data that a foreign spouse will invariably constitute a weak link in the matter of national security," the Bench observed in its verdict.

The verdict is a major milestone because officers of the Indian Armed Forces cannot marry foreign nationals easily. Armed with the court verdicts, Vikas (34) and Arnila (28) are expected to enter wedlock shortly. Both were not available for comments, as they preferred to maintain the issue private.

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