India successfully test-fires a new version of missile

Taking a step further to achieve the ‘atmanirbhar’ status, India on Saturday successfully test-fired a new version of nuclear-capable Shaurya missile off the coast of Odisha, which can strike targets at around 800 km.

The missile would be lighter and easier to operate in comparison with the existing missile, the sources added.

The launch came three days after India test-fired an extended-range BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Odisha. The cruise missile can hit targets 400 kilometres away – its range increased from the existing 290 kilometres.

The Missile is a Canister Launched Hypersonic Surface-To-Surface Tactical Ballistic Missile with a range of 700 to 1,900 km, can carry payloads weighing 200kg to 1 ton (a conventional or nuclear warhead)and can reach the speed of Mach 7.5 ~ 2.55218 km/s (Even at low altitudes) with the accuracy of 20m to 30m CEP.