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PIB Summaries 04 April 2023


  1. Amogha-III Missile
  2. Exercise Cope India

Amogha-III Missile

Focus: GS III: Science and Technology

Why in News?

Recently, the Bharat Dynamics (BDL) has successfully conducted a field firing test of its latest 3rd generation man-portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), Amogha-III.

About Amogha-III Missile:

  • Amogha-III is an indigenous missile developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • It has a fire-and-forget capability, meaning it does not require external intervention after launch.
  • The missile features dual-mode Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker systems with a range of 200 to 2500 meters.
  • It has a tandem warhead with two separate explosive charges detonated in sequence.
  • The first charge, the precursor charge, creates a hole in the target’s armor, allowing the second charge, the main charge, to detonate inside, maximizing damage inflicted on the target.
  • The missile has both top and direct attack modes, making it unique.

Exercise Cope India

Focus: GS III: Security Challenges

Why in News?

Indian Air Force will soon kick off Cope India’ exercise with the US Air Force (USAF) at the Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal.

About Exercise Cope India:

  • Cope India is a bilateral joint exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF).
  • The exercise began in 2004 as a fighter training exercise.
  • Over time, it has evolved to include subject matter expert exchanges, air mobility training, airdrop training, and large-force exercises, in addition to fighter-training exercises.
  • The exercise aims to enhance operational capability and interoperability between the two air forces.
  • The last edition of the exercise was held in 2019.

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