From warship Subhadra Nuclear-capable Dhanush missile successfully test fired [ Current Affairs ]

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From the naval Ship off Odisha Cost in the Bay of Bengal the nuclear - capable Dhanush ballistic missile was successfully test fired from warship Subhadra with a strike range of 350 km.

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted this test and it was a perfect mission as the missile hit the target point with high degree of accuracy.
  • DRDP scientist said that ” The launch was part of an exercise by the armed forces and the missile reached the designated target with high precision”.
  • He also said that “The missile launch and its flight performance was monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast”.

About Dhanush missile:

  • Under the strategic Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) DRDO developed one of the five missiles indigenously.
  • The surface - to - surface Dhanush is a naval variant of Prithvi - II missile and can carry both conventional as well as a nuclear payload of 500 kg, Prithvi - II was test fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defense force.
  • The missile has a length of 8.53 meters and is 0.9 meter in diameter with launch weight of about 4.4 tonnes.
  • It is single - stage missile uses liquid propelled which can hit both land and sea - based targets up to strike range of 350 kms.
  • Naval variant of the missile was first successfully tested in 2012 that’s way the missile has been inducted into the armed Services.

- Published on: November 25, 2015