Important Facts For Prelims (28th May 2019)
- 28 May 2019
- 3 min read
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
About Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the flood plains of River Brahmaputra in the district of Morigaon and about 45 kms from Guwahati, the capital of Assam, India.
- 90 plus rhinos are surviving on merely 16 square kilometre area of the park. Pobitora has exceeded its rhino-bearing capacity and is overpopulated. Thus Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary harbors world's highest density of rhinoceros.
- Besides rhinoceros, the other mammals found are Leopard, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Jungle cat, Feral Buffalo, Wild pigs, Chinese pangolins etc.
- In winter, Pobitora becomes a birder’s heaven, with thousands of waterfowl thronging the wetlands.
- Pobitora can be divided into three distinct categories: forest, grassland and water bodies or beels.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR, Chandipur, Odisha.
- Akash MK1S is an upgrade of existing AKASH missile with indigenous Seeker. It is a surface to air missile which can neutralize advanced aerial targets.
- The Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance.
- The missile was developed as part of Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles.
- Akash missile is a medium range Surface to Air Missile with multi-target engagement capability.
- The supersonic Akash missile has a range of around 25 km and altitude of 18,000m. The missile uses high-energy solid propellant for the booster and ramjet-rocket propulsion for the sustainer phase.
Indigenous seeker technology
- Indian-made seeker provides a designated trajectory to missile and hit the pre set target with pin-point accuracy.
- Mastering it is a significant milestone in missile technology and would reduce import dependence. Earlier India used to be dependent on Russia for seeker technology.