New Delhi, Feb 23: India on Friday successfully test-fired indigenously developed Dhanush missile off Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface missile is a naval variant of nuclear-capable Prithvi missile which can hit any target in the range of 350 km. The missile was test-fired from a ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 AM, defence officials said.
Dhanush is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets. Officials added that the trial of the missile was conducted by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces. [Also read: BrahMos, Prithvi, Dhanush, Agni, Sagarika, Shaurya, Prahaar, Nirbhay: List of Indian Missiles And Their Features]
“The missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast,” they said.
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). The last successful trial was conducted on April 9, 2015, sources said.
(With inputs from agencies)