India test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi, Dhanush missiles

NEW DELHI, March 11 (Xinhua) — India Friday test-fired two indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles — Dhanush from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal and Prithvi-II off coast of eastern state of Orissa, highly placed sources said.

« Dhanush, with a range of 350 km, was first test-fired around 10: 05 a.m. from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast at a spot between Paradip and Puri, » the sources said.

They added the missile has a pay-load capacity of 500 kg and can hit both on shore and off-shore targets.

« At 11:00 a.m., Prithvi-II missile mounted on a mobile launcher was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Orissa coast. It has a striking range of 350 km and is capable of carrying a pay-load of 500 kg to 1,000 kg warhead, » the sources said.

Both the missiles have been developed by the Indian Research and Development Organization.

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