Sunday, January 4, 2009

Shourya Defence Missile launched successfully

Indian successfully test fired “Shourya”, a medium-range surface to surface ballistic missile, to be used by the Army. The sophisticated tactical missile is capable of carrying conventional warheads with a payload of about one tonne. With longer shelf-life, as it is stored in a canister just like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the Shourya is easily transportable and user friendly.

A two stage missile is a product of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is the land version of the underwater-launched missile called K-15 (Sagarika), which was fired in February 2008 from an underwater pontoon. The missile is having nuclear capabilities which could carry a payload of one tonne.

Sagarika is a nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile with a range of 750 kilometres (466 mi). Sagarika has a length of 18.5 metres (61 ft), weighs 17 tonnes (17 LT/19 ST) and carry a payload of up to 500 kilograms (1,102 lb). Sagarika was developed at the DRDO’s missile complex in Hyderabad.