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India participates in Cobra Gold 2016 multilateral exercise

For the first time, India has participated in the Cobra Gold 2016 multilateral amphibious exercise hosted by Thailand after 12 member Indian Army delegation joined it.

In this edition of multilateral exercise, India has accorded as an observer plus status keeping in view its increasing regional operability.

Decision regarding India’s participation was earlier conveyed to Thailand during Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the country.

Key facts

  • Cobra Gold 2016 is 35th edition of multilateral exercise in which 35 countries have participated and its main theme is humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
  • In the 10 day exercise (from 9 to 19 February), over 8564 personnel are participating from countries like Indonesia, US, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and others.

About Cobra Gold multilateral exercise

  • Cobra Gold multilateral amphibious exercise is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held annually in Thailand.
  • It was first held in 1982 in order to improve relations and coordination between the armed forces of Thailand and US in both humanitarian and hostile military efforts.
  • The exercise was proven effective in improving coordinated military response during numerous natural disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2011 Tōhoku tsunami and aftermath 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines.

Prithvi II missile successfully test-fired from Chandipur

Indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile was successfully test fired from the Chandipur, off Odisha coast.

Test- It was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) and was monitored by the scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

As part of a user trial, the missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR). The test has met all its mission objectives.

About Prithvi-II missile

  • Prithvi-II missile is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program).
  • Range: It is surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km.
  • Warheads: It is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads.
  • It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system along with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target precisely.
  • Prithvi-II  already has been inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003. The last user trial of it was successfully conducted in November 2015 from the same test range.
  • Variants: Prithvi-I for the Indian Army, Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force, and Dhanush Missile for Indian Navy.