India successfully test-fired the new version of the Shaurya missile from Balasore, Odisha on Saturday. This is the third missile test this weekend. For past three days a new missile is tested every day.
Shourya missile specifications:
The Shaurya missile is a canister launched hypersonic surface-to-surface tactical missile developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation for use by the Indian Armed Forces. It has a range of 700 to 1,900 km and is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg to 1 ton conventional or nuclear warhead. It has a hypersonic speed of 7.5 Mach (9,187.8 km/h; 5,709.1 mph; 2.55218 km/s)
This ground-to-ground ballistic missile called Shourya is equipped with nuclear capability. This missile can destroy targets up to 800 kilometers away. This missile will strengthen the existing missile system and is light and easy to operate. India has tested this modern missile at a time when tensions with China on LAC are at peak.
Shourya is lighter and easier to use than existing missiles. Sources also said that by moving towards the target, it achieves hypersonic speed in the last phase which makes it invincible. A hypersonic missile is unstoppable by any missile as attacking missile shall have to be faster than Shourya.
Following the announcement made by PM Narendra Modi this year, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is trying to make the country fully self-sufficient in the field of strategic missiles.
Laser Guided Anti Tank Missile:
Prior to above tests, the indigenously developed Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) was also successfully test fired on 1st Oct 2020 defeating a target located at longer range. The test was conducted from MBT Arjun at KK ranges (ACC&S) Ahmednagar in continuation of successful trial done on 22nd Sep 2020.
The ATGM employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5 to 5 km. It has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.
Brahmos missile test
Prior to that BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems was successfully flight tested for designated range at 1030 hours on September 30, 2020 from ITR, Balasore in Odisha.
During test the BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8.