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Dhanush and Prithvi-II Missiles Successfully Test-fired

India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired Dhanush and Prithvi-II missiles on 11 March 2011 thereby establishing the readiness of India’s nuclear deterrence systems.

Mar 14, 2011 13:12 IST
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India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired Dhanush and Prithvi-II missiles on 11 March 2011 thereby establishing the readiness of India’s nuclear deterrence systems. Dhanush and Prithvi-II, produced by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are surface-to-surface missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

The SFC that handles missiles with nuclear warheads fired the Dhanush from the Indian warship Suvarna at 10.03 a.m., off Puri in Orissa while he Prithvi-II was launched at 11 a.m. from a massive truck stationed at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near Balasore in Orissa.
 
Dhanush, the Naval version and Prithvi-II can carry nuclear warheads weighing 500 kg each. The stabilisation platforms of Dhanush-based ships enable its launching even during rough sea.
 
There are other Army, Navy and Air Force versions of Prithvi, which is a single-stage missile that uses liquid propellants.
DRDO had successfully demonstrated Ballistic Air Defence Missile System (ADA) on 6 March 2011. The successive launches helped to boost the morale of the DRDO scientists as well as armed forces.

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