Thursday, November 13, 2008

  Industrial growth slips to 4.8%

  Sharp fall in rupee

  Slowdown, an adjustment process, says U.S. official

  ISB to set up campus in Mohali

  A gigantic stimulus

  Reforming India’s public institutions

  Shourya test-fired successfully

  Chandrayaan-1 truly home

  Pact on counter-terrorism likely

  Gaza Strip shut to fuel, journalists

 Swiss violinist Paul Giger’s concert launches music fest

  Huge job cut for immigrants in U.K.

  Part of deterrent doctrine: Iran

  World Bank to come to poor nations’ aid

  Waiting for the promise of change

  Narayanan Award for Madhavan Nair

  Yunnan reaches out to India

  A delayed silence descends on Verdun

  Crisis is opportunity

  Interpreting scriptures


India on Wednesday successfully test-fired a new surface-to-surface missile called “Shourya” from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore in Orissa.

The two-stage missile took off from a silo at 11.25 a.m. and reached its targeted site 600 km away in the Bay of Bengal. Shourya can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.

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.


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