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Nuclear-capable Dhanush successfully test-fired

India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile for its full range of 350 km from a naval ship off the coast of Odisha on Friday.

This follows the successful flight-testing of the land-based Prithvi-II ballistic missile for a similar range on Thursday.

The surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of Prithvi-II, was fired by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) at 11.25 a.m. as part of regular training. The missile rose from the ship and splashed down near the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of less than 20 metres. All the mission objectives were met in a flawless performance, official sources said.

All the radars, telemetry stations and electro-optical systems tracked and evaluated the performance in real time.

The single-stage, liquid-propelled Dhanush, already inducted into the Army, is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

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