India successfully test fired one of its nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from a naval ship off the coast of Odisha. The trial was conducted from an undisclosed location, nearly 45 km from Puri and Paradip coast, Balasore, Bhubaneswar. The test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Navy.
- This was second missile test, earlier Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had conducted a developmental trial of interceptor missile Aswin Air Defence (AAD) from Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district.
Features of Dhanush missile
It is developed by the DRDO under its ambitious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). Missile was test-fired from INS Subhadra, while another warship provided all logistic support for the test.
- It was the 13th test of the anti-ship missile.
- It is indigenously developed naval version of Prithvi short-range ballistic missile (SRBM)
- Range up – 350 km
- It can carry single warhead, conventional or nuclear up to 500 kg
The mission parameters like elevation, trajectory, azimuth, flight path and stage separation were validated.
- This single stage missile uses liquid propellant and can be used as an anti-ship weapon as well as for destroying land targets depending on the range.
- The missile maintained its intended trajectory before plunging down the sea.Dhanush is under production after its successful completion of developmental trials and it has already been inducted into the Armed Forces.