UPSC IAS Prelims Examination: List of major Indian missiles

The syllabus of UPSC Prelims examination is vast and diverse. The syllabus of UPSC prelim exam for the general subject like History, Geography, Economics, Polity, General sciences and CSAT(aptitude) are well defined. The Current affairs segment which is undefined and dynamic, is emerging as an inevitable part of UPSC exam. In this context, candidates have to concentrate on both traditional and current affair areas.

Defense is an important and dynamic segment in UPSC Syllabus. The commission has asked several questions related to the missile launch, its type etc. According to the recent trends, UPSC tends to ask the factual question than conceptual ones. This has put the candidates into a great pressure as they cannot predict the pattern of questions. To tackle the factual questions, it is essential to know about several facts and figures. Defense is an important area in UPSC mains and Prelims examination.

Recently India has launched several missiles which are considered as the landmark of achievement of the nation.

 

 

Air-to-air missiles

Name of the Missile

Type of Missile

Operational Range

Speed

MICA

Air-to-Air Missiles

   

Astra Missile

Air-to-Air Missiles

80-110 km

Mach 4.5 +

Novator K-100

Medium Range air-to-air missile

300–400 km

Mach 3.3

Surface-To-Air Missiles

Trishul

Short-Range surface to air missile

9 km

 

Akash Missile

Medium-range surface-to-air missile

30-35km

Mach 2.5 to 3.5

Barak 8

Long-Range surface to air Missile

100 km

Mach 2

Surface-to-surface Missiles

Agni-I

Medium-range ballistic missile

700-1250 km

Mach 7.5

Agni-II

Intermediate-range ballistic missile

2,000–3,000 km

Mach 12

Agni-III

Intermediate-range ballistic missile

3,500 km – 5,000 km

5–6 km/s

Agni-IV

Intermediate-range ballistic missile

3,000 – 4,000 km

Mach 7

Agni-V

Intercontinental ballistic missile

5000 – 8000 Km

Mach 24

Prithvi I

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

150 km

Prithvi II

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

350 km

Dhanush

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

350 – 600 km

Shaurya

Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

750 to 1,900 km

Prahaar

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

150 km

Cruise Missiles

BrahMos

Supersonic cruise missile

290 km

Mach 2.8 to 3 Mach

BrahMos II

Hypersonic cruise missile

300km

Mach 7

Nirbhay

Subsonic cruise missile

1,000 -1500 km

Mach 0.8

Defence Missile

Prithvi Air Defence

Exo-atmospheric Anti-ballistic missile

Altitude- 80km

Mach 5+

Prithvi Defence Vehicle

Exo-atmospheric Anti-ballistic missile

Altitude- 30km

Mach 4.5

Advanced Air Defence

Endoatmospheric Anti-ballistic missile

Altitude- 120km

 

Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles

Ashwin

Ballistic Missile

150-200km

Mach 4.5

Sagarika

Ballistic Missile

700 – 1900 Km

 

K-4

Ballistic Missile

3,500–5,000 km

 

K-5

Ballistic Missile

6,000 km

 

Anti-Tank Missile

Amogha

Anti-Tank Guided Missile

2.8 km

 

Nag

Anti-Tank Guided Missile

4km

230 m/s

Helina

Anti-Tank Guided Missile

7-8km

 

 

 

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