India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush missile from ship [ Current Affairs ]

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India successfully test fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast. Dhanush missile is the ship-based missile which was launched from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), deep inside the Bay of Bengal to test its full range.

Feature of nuclear-capable Dhanush missile-

  • Dhanush missile indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is a surface-to-surface missile which based on the naval variant of Prithvi missile.
  • Dhanush missile carried 500 to 1000 kilogram conventional as well as nuclear payload.
  • Dhanush missile is a single-stage, liquid-propelled missile.
  • Dhanush missile has range of 350 km.

Capable to target both land-based and sea-based targets. It gives Indian Navy capability to strike enemy targets with great precision.

Dhanush is one of the 5 missiles developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) in India.

In November 2014, the previous trial of the missile was successfully conducted.

- Published on: April 13, 2015