India Test-Fires Shaurya Nuclear-Capable Surface-to-Surface Missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a successful test firing of its Shaurya nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile (SSM) on Oct. 3.

The test firing was conducted from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Balasore in the state of Odisha. Shaurya is capable of hitting targets at over 400 km range.

The missile will complement existing class of missile systems operated by the Indian Armed Forces, and will be lighter and easier to operate compared to other missile classes, according to official sources.

Shaurya is a canister-launched tactical, quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile developed by the DRDO for use by the Indian Armed Forces.

The missile is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg to 1 ton conventional or nuclear warhead and the operational range will vary according to the payload.

Shaurya is speculated to be the land version of the K-15 Sagarika submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) although the DRDO officials have reportedly denied its connection with the K-15 programme.

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