India tests Dhanush ballistic missile

India tests Dhanush ballistic missile

By: || Updated: 05 Oct 2012 02:19 AM


Balasore: India
successfully test-fired nuclear capable Dhanush, the naval version of
Prithvi short-range ballistic missile, from a warship off Odisha coast
today.

The indigenously developed naval version of the Prithvi
short-range ballistic missile has a strike range of up to 350 km and can
carry 500kg of conventional or nuclear warhead, a DRDO official said.

"Dhanush
was test-fired from a naval ship off Odisha coast at around 11:25 am,"
Ravi Kumar Gupta, Director in the Directorate of Public Interface in
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told PTI over phone.

Describing
the trial as fully successful, Gupta said the test was conducted by the
strategic force command (SFC) of the Indian Navy. "The trial was a
complete success and all the mission objectives were accomplished," he
said.

Developed by the DRDO, the missile is about 8.53 metre in
length and 0.9 metre in diameter. This single stage missile uses liquid
propellant.

The Dhanush missile can be used as an anti-ship
weapon as well as for destroying land targets depending on the range,
sources said.





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