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Nuclear-Capable Dhanush Missile Successfully test-fired from Ship

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India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off the Odisha coast.

Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile is a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile and can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg., was test fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force. It can target both land-based and sea-based targets. The missile has already been inducted into the armed services.
Facts about Dhanush Missile

  • Dhanush missile is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear payload of 500 to 1000 kilogram and can hit both land and sea-based targets within 350 km range.
  • Indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Its a variant of the surface-to-surface/ship-to-ship Prithvi III missile.
  • The missile gives the Indian Navy the capability to strike enemy targets with great precision.