The two-stage missile took off from a silo at 11.25 a.m. and reached its targeted site 600 km away in the
It is the land version of the underwater-launched missile called K-15 (Sagarika), which was fired in February 2008 from an underwater pontoon.
Shourya is a product of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its Programme Director is A.K. Chakrabarti. M. Natarajan, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, was at Balasore to watch the launch.
The flight-test of Shourya is a significant milestone in building capability for the nation in the field of missiles both for strategic and tactical applications. Just as the K-15 (Sagarika) missile could rise from the water and knife into the air, Shourya could lift off from a silo on the ground and pierce the sky. Since the missile is fired from underground, it cannot be detected by conventional satellite imaging.
Both its stages were powered by solid propellants.
While the K-15 missile has an underwater booster and an air booster, Shourya has a booster underground and an air booster.