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Sharmili Mallick

Balasore: Amid the escalating tension between India and China along the LAC, India on Saturday successfully test-fired indigenously developed hypersonic nuclear-capable Shaurya missile, an advanced version of Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) K-15 (B-05).

The test was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from a defence facility off Odisha coast, said reports.

The 10-metre-long nuclear-capable Shaurya missile has a strike range of around 800 kilometres. Capable of carrying a payload of up to one tonne, the missile is a land variant of K-15 SLBM and can be stored in a composite canister, said sources.

The missile is less vulnerable to anti-ballistic missile defence systems due to its high manoeuvrability, added sources.

The missile would be inducted in the strategic forces to complement one of the existing missiles in the same class, said an ANI report.

In the last phase while moving close to its target, the missile moves at hypersonic speeds, mentioned the ANI.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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