Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Nuclear capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile successfully test-fired

Balasore (Odisha): India on Friday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast.

‘Dhanush’ missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets

According to a , defence officials, the surface-to-surface missile, a naval variant of the indigenously-developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.50 am.

Sources said that ‘Dhanush’ missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets.

The trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces, said sources adding that the missile launch was part of training exercise by the SFC of Indian Navy.

Sources said that the missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast.

The single-stage, liquid-propelled ‘Dhanush’, has already been inducted into the defence services.

It is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

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