National Technology Day is being celebrated on May 11, to mark the technological developments of India.
2017 National Technology Day Theme is ‘Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth’.
The day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test, held on 11 May 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
The operation was led by the former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
After conducting two more tests as a part of the Pokhran-II/Operation Shakti initiative, India was declared as a nuclear state by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
On this same day country’s first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 was test flown at Bangalore. India also conducted successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.
The Trishul missile was developed as a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Trishul Missile got inducted by the Indian Army and Indian Airforce. Trishul: Know More
- Type: Surface-to-air missile
- Place of origin: India
- Used by: Indian Armed Forces
- Manufacturer: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
- Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
- Weight : 130 kg (290 lb)
- Length: 3.1 m (10 ft)
- Engine: Single Stage solid fuel
- Operational range: 9 km (5.6 mi)