India tests nuclear-capable missile

By AFP
Published: September 24, 2011
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India tested a medium-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Saturday.

India tested a medium-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Saturday.

BHUBANESHWAR: India tested a medium-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Saturday, an official said, as part of the nation’s efforts to build up its atomic deterrent.

The indigenous surface-to-surface Shourya missile was fired from a range in the eastern state of Orissa as a trial for the Indian army, said SP Dash, director of the Integrated Test Range.

“The launch of the missile was perfect. It followed the path exactly to the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal,” Dash told AFP.

India’s Defence Research Development Organisation is developing a series of missiles as part of the country’s deterrent strategy against neighbouring Pakistan and China, which also have nuclear weapons.

The Shourya, built domestically and developed for the army, is being fine-tuned after its debut in November 2008.

With a striking range of 700 kilometres, the missile uses solid propellant and is capable of carrying a 1,000 kilogram warhead.

Due to security concerns, authorities evacuated over 2,000 people, including women and children living close to the testing range, and shifted them to temporary shelters.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Sep 24, 2011 - 7:57PM

    It is for peace only???????????

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  • JK
    Sep 24, 2011 - 9:29PM

    @Ali : It is meant to be aimed westwards. You don’t live in that part of the world, do you?

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  • xxx
    Sep 24, 2011 - 10:35PM

    its a hypersonic cruise missile with a velocity of 7.5 mach, high accuracy, maneuverable, road mobile, and able to travel upto a distance of 2000+ km with 350kg warhead.

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  • gk
    Sep 24, 2011 - 10:37PM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    yeah,, for supplying food to flood victims in a hypersonic speed

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Now no hypo democratic will say any thing because india is there macho mamo.Recommend

  • GetRidOfFeudalPolitics
    Sep 25, 2011 - 1:06AM

    I think this is a great step towards peace in the south asian region. It really puts everybody at ease so that we can spend more on welfare and less on weapons. The Indians, as always are leading the way. Kudos to their sincerity and honesty.

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  • GetRidOfFeudalPolitics
    Sep 25, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Also, America and the west should take special notice of this wonderful development and heave some more praise and seek more cooperation with the Indians in this sector.

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  • fighting falcon
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:04AM

    @ Ali : we dont need missile ,tankers and fighters to crush you. Your doing a very fine job on that. This meant for another neighbor of ours..

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:00AM

    Oh is it for the west? I’m sure west will have somethings in reply for that. What do you call them….. Pakistani Nukes.. Oh yes.

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  • SK
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:13AM

    The Indian generals playing with their toys as usual. India should get rid of its war phobia and instead of wasting millions on these useless nuclear capable missiles, should instad work on eradicating the mass number of people living under poverty line.

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  • kp
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:34AM

    @JK: First learn to launch a missile before you can aim westwards – I’m quite sure that is too advanced for you at this stage. From what I heard, a lot of Indian missiles usually end up dropping back from where they came from (making a huge “bang” sound on the test launch site).

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  • General
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:37AM

    @gk…I’m not sure about food supplies at hypersonic speeds. Incidentally, I do find it quite amusing though that the missile actually went successfull this time and didn’t become another fail. That surely would have been an embarrasment (incidentally, not for the first time) :)

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  • Nadir Ali
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:39AM

    I feel sorry for the 2,000 people who had to be evacuated for this. On a positive note, let’s appreciate the fact that an Indian missile launch finally worked, after what seemed like persistent failures.

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  • Bachem from hayatabad, peshawar
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:41AM

    @JK: By the time you actually manage to launch a missile, you will notice that there will be another one already coming in an easterly direction at much faster speed from a westerly direction. And this one won’t fail. You don’t live in that easterly part of the world do you?

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  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 9:42AM

    @Ali Tanoli: What do you want, that we stop testing missiles ? Do you seriously expect that from us ? You are a fool then. Whatever peace we have in this subcontinent is because of deterrence and the urge to avoid catastrophic offensive from the other side. We all know this. So plz don’t mock around.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @xxx:
    What is your source of the 2000+ km data? Can you provide some reference ?

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  • shafiq chughtai
    Sep 25, 2011 - 10:17AM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    congrats to india , nice paint on russian scud :) keep it up

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  • khalis
    Sep 25, 2011 - 11:53AM

    this missile is a replacement for bulky and old missile agni-1 which requires lots of preparation time and are true ballistic missile that is its counter measure is available like any other ballistic missile on earth be it ghauri or american ICBM or chinese dongfeng. this missile is made in a way that it gives only 400 seconds to get detected and destroyed which is very less compared to other cruise missile and ballistic missile. moreover it flies at low altitude(comparatively) with 7 mach speed ie hypersonic speed which implies it got no missile interceptor working against it anyhow.( missile interceptors with china and pakistan to say as of now).

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  • xxx
    Sep 25, 2011 - 12:41PM

    @xxx:
    sorry, more clarification needed for whether its a full cruise missile………… :|

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  • Subhash, India
    Sep 25, 2011 - 2:23PM

    @kp: But these are NOT clones of some toys from North Korea.

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  • gk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:22PM

    @General:
    @shafiq chughtai:
    now can see many history analysis about India’s failures, dreamworks, conspiracy theories from paki friends to console themselves :D

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  • gk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:35PM

    @SK:
    who is suffering from war phobia?? forgot your recent 60 km nuclear missile??
    and poverty,- stop the same old history song dear, India can manage both at the same time, and eliminating poverty will take some time coz of huge population, and im asking you, do you have any idea about what is happening to the middle class society of countries like India and China?? its a much bigger miracle than any other of its kind in the whole history. if you don’t know, improve yourself and then only make a representative of your country.

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  • Zafar Karachiwala
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:39PM

    I seriously dont understand as to why India needs these missiles when Pakistan is about to be bombed to the stone age. Once that is done of what use will all these missiles be?

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 25, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Indians should get a hike… Or their own tribune to comment on.

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  • MUSHARAF
    Sep 25, 2011 - 4:30PM

    @shafiq chughtai:
    Russia is long gone my friend.

    you thought it is like Pak army painting chinese and north korian toys?

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  • ashok sai
    Sep 25, 2011 - 5:20PM

    As an Indian, I don’t care about this news (only focused more in Pakistan) as this is a routine exercise for a country which is emerging as economical power with deterrent !!!

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  • xxx
    Sep 25, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @Straight_Talk:
    i am the source, you just wait.

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  • ashok sai
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:02PM

    @xxx:

    Wasted ET’s space.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:37PM

    @xxx: No seriously i am interested in your info. I read its range in about 700 km. If what you say is correct then that means it belongs to a different league. However i understand that without the payload a missile can travel a very long distance but that is of no real use. So if you can please give the details.

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  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:41PM

    @Zafar Karachiwala: Pakistan is a reality for India. However india also has its own aspiration og being a global power and these missiles are baby steps towards that direction.Recommend

  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:43PM

    @shafiq chughtai:
    Dude you are zealous. Get well soon.Recommend

  • xxx
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:36PM

    @ashok sai:

    don’t care ;)

    @StraightTalk:
    missile range is a function of payload, and shaurya payload mass ranging from 180 kg to 1000kg, check the pdf file given below, and also note range vs payload graph.
    http://www.indiaresearch.org/Shourya
    Missile.pdf

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  • xxx
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:24PM
  • Dan
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:54PM

    @Straight_Talk:
    India can not become a global power with these long outdated toys. If you only concentrate on your Amartya’s development economics, may be one day you will be respectable in the world. With 1000 million poor people a country can not be a gloal power.

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  • Someone
    Sep 26, 2011 - 3:45PM

    @xxx: There are long and intermediate-range Pakistani missiles which have a much far travelling distance than the stats quoted by you for the Indian missileRecommend

  • xxx
    Sep 26, 2011 - 8:21PM

    @Someone:
    i didn’t tell anything that pakistan do not have longer range missile than shaurya, and if you want a comparison, Agni III, which is an active missile has higher range than your shaheen II.
    which one your long range missile??

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  • xxx
    Sep 26, 2011 - 9:08PM

    @Someone:
    and you cannot compare missiles of different catagories, or subsonic with supersonic and hypersonic.

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