May 23, 2012, 12.34 PM | Source: PTI

Test firing of Agni-5, induction of INS chakra major feats:UPA

Test firing of Agni-5, induction of INS chakra major feats:UPA

New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) The UPA today listed out the successful test firing of 5000 km-range Agni-5 missile, induction of nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra, implementation of phase-II of coastal security scheme and border infrastructure as its achievements in defence sector. "DRDO successfully test fired the indigenously developed Agni-V Long Range Ballistic Missile with a range of 5,000 km and the capability to carry various forms of payloads, taking India into a select club of countries in the world," the UPA's report card to the people on the completion of three years in office said. The nuclear-powered attack submarine INS Chakra was inducted into the Indian Navy on April 4, it said. Other major milestones during the year included launch of Agni-IV missile and the surface-to-surface tactical battlefield missile Prithvi-II, and induction of the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas into the Indian Air Force, the report said. It also mentioned the first fully modified aircraft for the indigenously developed Indian Airborne Early Warning and Control System which took to the skies in December 2011. On coastal security, it said, "Phase-II of the Coastal Security Scheme has been launched with an outlay of Rs 1579 crore. It aims to add another 131 Coastal Police Stations, 60 Jetties, 180 Patrolling Boats, 10 large Vessels for A&N Islands along with other policing infrastructure in coastal States/Union Territories." For strengthening the border infrastructure, construction of 2760 km of fencing, 3,605 km of border roads and 1,292 km of floodlighting have been completed along the Indo-Bangladesh border, the report said. "31 additional border out posts have been added on the Indo-Bangladesh and the Indo-Pakistan borders during the current year taking the total number of outposts to 1,442," it said. During 2011-12, an amount of Rs 1,003 crore has been released to border States under the Border Area Development Programme, said the report.


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