Today’s date is commemorated to mark the historic victory of test-firing its very first nuclear-capable missile back in 1998. The nuclear tests took place on May 11, 1998 in the presidency of late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who lead Indian team of scientists to successfully test-fire the Shakti-1 nuclear missile at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range. The other technical advancements occurring at this red-letter day include India’s first indigenous aircraft – the Hansa 3 – which took flight in the state of Bengaluru designed by National Aerospace Laboratory, India. The light, two-seater aircraft was aimed to serve pilot training, surveillance, aerial photography and other such purposes. This technically blessed day for India made one more achievement fall in its list of modern advancement when DRDO successfully completed the test-fire sessions of India’s Surface-to-Air Trishul missile.
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