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Successful trial of Shaurya Missile conducted

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  • October 5, 2020
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Successful trial of Shaurya Missile conducted

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Defence; Security

In news

  • A successful trial of the nuclear capable Shaurya missile was conducted by India recently.
  • Shaurya is a land-based parallel of the submarine launched K-15 missile.
  • These ballistic weapons belong to the K missile family — codenamed after late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam — which are launched from the Arihant class of nuclear submarines.

Important value additions

K family of missiles

  • The K family of missiles are primarily Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs).
  • These missiles are fired from submarines from India’s Arihant class nuclear powered platforms.
  • Indigenously developed by: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The development of these naval platform launched missiles began in the late 1990s as a step towards completing India’s nuclear triad — the capability of launching nuclear weapons from land, sea and air based assets.
  • These missiles are lighter, smaller and stealthier than their land-based counterparts.
  • The Agni series of missiles are land-based which are medium and intercontinental range nuclear capable ballistic missiles.

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