Prithvi-ii successfully test-fired
The Strategic Forces Command has successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district on August 25. The missile with a strike range of 350 km lifted off from a road-mobile launcher at 11.04 a.m. Prithvi-II, a single-stage missile using liquid propellants, can carry a 500-kg warhead and is meant for deep interdiction.
Born on August 10, 1954, Vice Admiral Sinha was commissioned on June 1, 1974, in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy as a fighter pilot. He has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Sinha, a qualified flying instructor, has over 2,700 hours of flying on 18 different types of aircraft.
Admiral Sinha has held a wide array of appointments such as Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Air [ACNS(Air)], the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) and Controller Personnel Services (CPS) before taking over as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He is a recipient of PVSM, AVSM, NM and Bar and he is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander.
Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema has taken over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from Vice Admiral Sinha.