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Affairscloud Team always gives their heart and soul to make their followers to achieve their dream. We are trying in all possible ways to give efficient content for the upcoming mains exams. Here we start with this Important consolidation of Indian Missiles which were tested recently and Important Defence News.

As we all know, there is a tension situation in the Border with China. To be prepared for any kind of situation, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is testing Indigenously Developed Missiles. Affairscloud expects a question from the recent missile tests. So we have compiled a list of missiles which have been tested recently.

We also given data about the Defence Exercise that have been held recently along with the exercises that are scheduled to be held in the future.

And finally there is list about the Defence Module which were developed/Manufactured by India, we hope this Compilation will help you for your exams preparation.

List of Missiles Tested in 2020 :

1. Name of the Missile: Standoff Anti-Tank Missile (SANT Missile)
Type: Air-to-Surface
Trails: October 19, 2020
Place: Integrated Test Range, Odisha
Key Points: Lock-on After Launch, Lock on Before Launch, Range – 15-20 Kilometres, Indigenously Developed

2. Name of the Missile: Nirbhay
Type: Can be launched from Ground, Sea and Air
Trails: October 12, 2020
Place: Integrated Test Range, Odisha
Key Points: Speed – 0.7 Mach (Subsonic Missile), Range – 8001000 Kilometres , Indigenously developed

3. Name of the Missile: Nag Missile also called as Prospina
Type: Air-to-Surface, Surface-to-Surface
Trails: October 10, 2020 (10th & Final Trial)
Place: Pokhran, Rajasthan
Key Points: Range – 4-7 Kilometres, Indigenously developed

4. Name of the Missile: Rudram-I
Type: Air-to-Surface
Trails: October 9, 2020
Place: Integrated Test Range, Odisha
Key Points: Range – 250 Kilometres, Range-Depends upon the height of the Launching jet, can be launched from heights ranging from 500 metres to 15 Kilometres, Indigenously developed

5. Name of the Missile: SMART (Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo)
Type: Surface-to-Water
Trails: October 5, 2020
Place: Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha
Key Points: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Missile, Range – 50-650 Kilometres, Indigenously developed

6. Name of the Missile: Shaurya
Type: Surface-to-Surface
Trails: October 3, 2020
Place: Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha
Key Points: Speed – 7.5 Mach (Hypersonic Missile), Range – 800-1900 Kilometres (Appx), Indigenously developed

7. Name of the Missile: Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)
Trails: October 1, 2020
Place: Armoured Corps Center, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Key Points: Range- 5 KM

8. Name of the Missile: Brahmos
Type: Surface-to-Surface
Trails: September 30, 2020(Trail -I), October 18, 2020(Trail -II)
Place: Integrated Test Range Odisha (Trail -I), INS Chennai (Trail-II)
Key Points: Range – 400 Kilometres, Speed – Mach 2.5-2.8 (Supersonic), New Version – Launched with Indigenous Contents (Missile developed in partnership with Russia)

9. Name of the Missile: Prithvi – 2 Missile – India’s first indigenous s-t-s strategic missile
Type: Surface-to-Surface
Trails: September 23, 2020 (1st Trial-Night), October 10, 2020 (2nd Trial-Night)
Place: Integrated Test Range, Odisha
Key Points: Strike Range of 350 kilometres, Indigenously developed

10. Name of the Missile: ABHYAS – High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT)
Type: Drone
Trails: September 22, 2020 (Second Attempt)
Place: Integrated Test Range, Odisha
Key Points: Speed – 0.5 Mach, Indigenously developed

11. Name of the Missile: Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV)
Type: Career vehicle for Hypersonic and Long-range Cruise Missiles
Trails: September 7, 2020 (Second Attempt )
Place: Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha
Key Points: Speed- Mach 6, Indigenous Scramjet Propulsion System, India has joined the elite club of the United States, Russia and China to develop and successfully test Hypersonic Technology.

12. Name of the Missile: Dhruvastra Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) – Helicopter version of ‘Nag Helina’
Type: Capable of launching from both Land and Air
Trails: Test Fired on July 15, 2020 & July 16, 2020
Place: Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha
Key Points: Speed- 240 Meters per second, Range- 500 Meters – 7 Kilometers, Indigenously Developed

List of Defence Exercise in 2020 :


1. Name of the Exercise: 24th Edition Malabar (Quadrilateral Naval Exercise, Annual Event being held since 1992)
Participants: India, United States, Japan & Australia
Date: November 3-6, 2020, November 17-20, 2020
Place: Will Take place in two phases, 1st Phase North of Andaman and Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal and 2nd Phase in Arabian Sea
Key Points: Australia is set to join the Naval Exercise for the First Time, QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) Meeting of US, Japan, India and Australia will send their warships for the Malabar Exercise. 

2. Name of the Exercise: 8th Edition SLINEX 2020 (Annual Exercise)
India & Sri Lanka
October 19-21, 2020
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

3. Name of the Exercise: SAGAR KAVACH (Half Yearly)
Participants: Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard
Date: October 8-9, 2020
Place: Coastal areas of Kerala, Karnataka & Lakshadweep

4. Name of the Exercise: 2nd edition Bongosagar (Bilateral Event), 3rd edition of CORPAT
Participants: India Navy & Bangladesh Navy
Date: October 4-5, 2020
Place: North of Bay of Bengal
Key Points: Conducted during the 100th Birth Anniversary of Bangladesh’s Founding Father, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman

5. Name of the Exercise: 4th edition of JIMEX-2020
Participants: Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)
Date: September 26-28, 2020
Place: North Arabian Sea

6. Name of the Exercise: PASSEX (Passage Exercise)
Participants: Indian Navy & Australian Navy
Date: September 23-24, 2020
Place: East Indian Ocean Region (IOR)
Key Points: Indian side – stealth frigate INS (Indian Naval Ship) Sahyadri and missile corvette INS Karmuk.

7. Name of the Exercise: 11th edition of INDRA NAVY
Participants: Indian Navy & Russain Navy 
Date: September 4-5, 2020
Place: Bay of Bengal (close to strategic point of Strait of Malacca)

8. Name of the Exercise: RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), Bi-Annual event
Participants: Conducted by US Navy
Date: August 17-31, 2020
Place: Hawaii
Key Points: World’s Largest Maritime Exercise, 25 Countries from around the world participated in the International Maritime Exercise, India was not a participant in the Exercise, The Theme of RIMPAC 2020 is ‘Capable, Adaptive, Partners’.

9. Name of the Exercise: PASSEX with USS Nimitz Carrier 
Participants: Indian Navy & USA (United States of America) Navy
Date: July 20, 2020
Place: Andaman & Nicobar Islands, IOR
Key Points: Indian side – Rajput class destroyer INS (Indian Naval Ship) Rana (D52), two Shivalik class indigenously built stealth frigates – INS Sahyadri (F49) and INS Shivalik (F47) and anti-submarine corvette of the Kamorta class INS Kamorta (P28).
US Side – USS (United States Ship) Nimitz (CVN 68), a nuclear-powered World’s largest aircraft carrier USS Nimitz 

10. Name of the Exercise: Indian Navy’s Naval Exercise
Participants: Indian Navy
Date: July 17, 2020
Place: Andaman & Nicobar Islands

11. Name of the Exercise: PASSEX
Participants: Indian Navy & Japan Navy
Date: June 27, 2020
Place: Malacca Strait, IOR
Key Points: The navy drill was conducted during the Border Clash with India & China in Ladakh, Indian side – Rajput-class destroyer INS (Indian Naval Ship) Rana and Kora-class missile corvette INS Kulish of Indian Navy 

12. Name of the Exercise: 19th Edition SAHYOG-KAIJIN (Annual Exercise)
Participants: Indian Coast Guard & Japan Coast Guard
Date: January 16, 2020
Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Key Points: Japanese Ship ‘Echigo PLH08’ participated in the event.

13. Name of the Exercise: 12th Edition Naseem-Al-Bahr (Bi-Annual Exercise)
Participants – Indian Navy & Royal Navy of Oman (RNO)
Date: January 5, 2020
Place: Mormugao Port, Goa 


1. Name of the Exercise: SURAKSHA KAVACH (Joint Anti-Terrorist Exercise)
Participants: Indian Army & Maharashtra Police
Date: October 9, 2020
Place: Lullanagar, Pune (Maharashtra)
Key Points: Organized by Agnibaaz Division (41 Artillery Division) of Indian Army

2. Name of the Exercise: Kavkaz-2020 (also known as Caucasus – 2020)
Participants: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
Date: September 15-26, 2020
Place: Astrakhan, Russia
Key Points: India withdrew from the exercise due to Chinese participation

3. Name of the Exercise: 9th Edition SAMPRITI-IX
Participants: Indian Army & Bangladesh Army
Date: February 13-16, 2020
Place: Umroi, Meghalaya

4. Name of the Exercise: 5th Edition AJEYA Warrior 2020
Participants: Indian Army & U.K (United Kingdom) 
Date: February 13-26, 2020
Place: Salisbury Plains, U.K.

5. Name of the Exercise: WINGED RAIDER (Airborne Exercise)
Participants: Indian Army & Indian Air Force
Date: January 10, 2020
Place: North Eastern Theatre, India
Key Points: Indian Army’s Biggest Airborne exercise, 500 soldiers of Special Force parachuted from C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster Transport Aircraft of IAF, besides Dhruv Helicopter.

List of Defence Module in 2020 :

1. Name: INS Kavaratti
Manufactured: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
Date: October 22, 2020
Place: Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam
Key Points: 90% Indigenous Content, It is a reincarnation of Arnala Class Missile Corvette of same name (INS Kavaratti-P80) which had a distinguished service during the 1971 war for Liberation of Bangladesh, The corvette is fitted with anti- submarine rockets, torpedoes, medium and close-in weapon systems and Indigenous surveillance radar ‘Revathi’ and is capable of carrying Integral Anti- Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters.

2. Name: Seventh Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Vigraha’ of Indian Coast Guard (ICG)
Developed/Manufactured: Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Date: October 6, 2020
Place: Launched at Kattupalli Port, Chennai
Key Points: First time that a private sector shipyard has designed & constructed an offshore patrol vessel class ship, To be inducted into ICG by March 2021

3. Name: ICG Ship Kanaklata Barua, Fast Patrol Vehicle
Developed/Manufactured: The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd designed and built the ship
Date: September 30, 2020
Place: Kolkata, West Bengal
Key Points: Named after Kanaklata Barua, a martyred Assamese freedom fighter who led procession carrying the Indian national flag during the 1942 Quit India movement, 70% Indigenous Content

4. Name: Five Rafale Aircrafts inducted
Developed/Manufactured: Manufactured by Dassault Aviation, France
Date: September 10, 2020
Place: Ambala Air Force Station, Haryana
Key Points: Inducted into the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’, 1st Five of 36 Rafale arrived in India, inducted

5. Name: Interceptor Boat ‘ICGS C-454’
Developed/Manufactured: Larsen and Toubro Ltd(L&T)
Date: August 19, 2020
Place: Surat, Gujarat
Key Points: 27-meter-long

6. Name: Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) World’s Lightest Attack Helicopter
Developed/Manufactured: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
Date: August 12, 2020
Place: Leh, Ladakh
Key Points: Two LCH deployed for Operations at Leh, Ladakh to Indian Air Force(IAF), equipped with 70mm rockets and a chin-mounted cannon

7. Name: “Bharat” Drone
Developed/Manufactured: Surveillance Drone
Date: July 22, 2020
Key Points: Bharat series drones listed among World’s most agile and lightest surveillance drones., Indigenously developed, To be deployed by Indian Army to monitor the high altitude areas and mountain terrains along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh (China Border)., Developed by Chandigarh based laboratory of DRDO, “Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL)”

8. Name: ICGS Sachet, Interceptor Boats(IB’s) C-450 and C-451
Developed/Manufactured: ICGS Sachet – Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Interceptor Boats(IB’s) C-450 and C-451 – Larsen & Toubro(L&T) Shipyard, Hazira(Gujarat)
Date: May 15, 2020
Place: Goa
Key Points: ICGS Sachet is the 1st in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). This is the first ever digital commissioning of any Indian Coast Guard’s ship

9. Name: OPV (Offshore Patrol Vehicle) ‘Yard 45006 VAJRA’
Developed/Manufactured: Developed by Larsen & Toubro (L & T)
Date: February 27, 2020
Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Key Points: Launched to strengthen the efforts of Indian Coast Guard to secure India’s 7500 Km vast coastline, Designed and Developed by L&T under ‘Make in India’ initiative. It is the 6th vessel in the series of 7 OPV.

10. Name: Interceptor boat C-448
Developed/Manufactured: Larsen and Toubro Ltd(L&T) Shipyard
Date: January 29, 2020