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India successfully test fires ballistic missile ‘Dhanush’

Saturday,24 Feb 2018 07:24 AM IST

Media Eye News Bureau: India successfully test-fired the 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile, it is  a naval variant of the indigenously-developed 'Prithvi' missile and was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 am.

This missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and also hitting both land and sea-based targets. Its trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces.

It was stated that the missile launch was a part of training exercise by the SFC of Indian Navy and that all mission objectives were met during the trial. It was further asserted that the missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast.

'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).

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