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Dhanush successfully test-fired off Odisha coast

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 9:

Dhanush, a nuclear weapons-capable manoeuvring missile, was successfully test-fired from a ship off the Odisha coast on Thursday.

File photo of  Dhanush being fired from a ship
File photo of Dhanush being fired from a ship

The missile, a naval variant of Prithvi-II, was launched at 11.02 AM by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), which was deep inside the sea, for its full range of 350 km, according to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) missile scientists.

The missile splashed down near the target point with high degree of accuracy, they said.

Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile is a naval variant of Prithvi-II, and can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg and target both land-based and sea-based targets.

The missile has already been inducted into the armed services and the SFC personnel randomly picked up the missile from the production lot for Thursday’s trial, which was carried out as part of regular user training.

Dhanush was one of the five missiles developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.