13 Dec : India on Sunday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable ballistic missile ‘Dhanush’, with a range of 350 km, from a naval ship off the Orissa coast.
‘Dhanush’ has a payload capacity of 500 kg and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads.
It can hit both sea and shore-based targets.
The missile, which has liquid propellant, is the naval version of India’s indigenously developed surface-to-surface ‘Prithvi’ missile system.
The missile had failed in its first test at the development stage on 11th April, 2000 due to certain technical problems relating to the take-off stage but subsequent trials were successful.
The last trial of ‘Dhanush’ was successfully conducted from a naval ship off Orissa coast on 30th March, 2007.