Close on the heels of Prithvi launch, India today successfully tested the Dhanush, its Naval variant.

The 350-km range surface-to-surface ballistic missile was launched at 11:25 a.m. from a Naval ship off the coast of Balasore, Odisha.

The missile was test fired by the country’s strategic forces command (SFC). It achieved all the mission objectives, a Defence Ministry press release said.

Developed by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dhanush is a short range strategic ballistic missile.

It is expected to bolster the fire power of the Indian Navy.

On Thursday the SFC launched the surface-to-surface, ballistic missile Prithvi-II, also with a range of 350 km successfully from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha. DRDO developed Prithvi-II Missile was inducted into the Armed Forces.

somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on October 5, 2012)
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