India tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ship-based ballistic missile on Sunday off its eastern coast, a defence official said.

India tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile
India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ship-based ballistic missile on Sunday off its eastern coast, a defence official said.

The Dhanush (meaning "bow") missile was fired at 11.31 a.m. local time (0601 GMT) from naval ship INS Shubhadra off the Chandipur coast in Orissa state, S. P. Dash, the director of the test range, told Reuters.

The surface-to-surface missile, which was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, is a naval variant of the Prithvi ("earth") missile built as a part of India's ambitious integrated guided missile development programme.

Dhanush has a strike range up to 350 km and a payload of up to one tonne, Dash said.

"It has met all the mission objectives. It was a text book launch," Dash said.



Reuters
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