Bhubaneswar: After the successful launch of its nuclear capable Prithvi-II, India on Friday has successfully test-fired the nuclear capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile with a strike range of 350kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast. As per the sources, the indigenously developed ‘Dhanus’ has been test fired from the Paradip at around 10.52 am.
As per the defence sources, the ballistic missile has the capability to carry a playload of 500kg. It can hit both land and sea-based targets. The sources further added that the trial has been carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces and it is a part of training drill by the SFC of Indian Navy.
One defence official said that the test launch is a complete success, with which all mission objectives are met during the trial. Notably, the complete launch procedure has been monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast.
Meanwhile, the single-stage, liquid-propelled ‘Dhanush’ has already been implemented into the defence services. It is one of the 5 missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). However, the last trial was successfully tested on 9 April, 2015.