India has successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha coast. This naval variant of the indigenously-developed Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal.
It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. ‘Dhanush’ missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets.
The missile launch was part of training exercise by the SFC of Indian Navy. 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).