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India test-fires Trishul missile
Giridhar Gopal in Bhubaneswar |
June 22, 2003 18:00 IST
India on Sunday successfully test-fired the short-range surface-to-air Trishul missile from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur, 15 km from Orissa's Balasore district.
The missile, which has a striking capacity of nine kilometres and can carry a 15 kg warhead, was test-fired at about 1400 hours IST from a mobile launcher.
ITR officials said it was a routine test to gauge the missile's accuracy.
Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the solid fuel-propelled missile has a triple battlefield role for the army, air force and navy.
Trishul, which formed part of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, is about three metres in length and 200 cm in diametre and flies at supersonic speed.