India on Saturday test-fired a new version of the nuclear-capable Shaurya missile from a defence facility off the coast of Odisha. The new version will complement the existing Shaurya missiles in the possession of the strategic forces.

The new version is lighter as well as easier to operate. The new Shaurya missile has a range of around 800 km and moves at hypersonic speed.

On Tuesday, India successfully test-fired a laser-guided anti-tank guided missile at MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges in Armoured Corps Centre and School in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

“The ATGM employs a tandem heat warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour (ERA) and protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5-5 km,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, the country’s strategic forces had test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The new BrahMos missile has a strike range of over 400 km.

Following the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working hard to achieve total self-reliance in the field of strategic weapons.

Recently, the border tensions have escalated between India and China over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.