India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off Odisha coast today.

K V Prasad, Director of the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur near Odisha coast said, the surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test fired at around 11.10 am from a location at Bay of Bengal by the Srategic Force Command of the defence force.

Defence sources said, the single-stage, liquid propelled Dhanush has already been inducted into the armed services. It is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme .

Dhanush missile is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear payload of 500 to 1,000 kg and hit both land and sea-based targets.

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