Shaurya Missile and India’s K missiles family – UPSC Prelims

Shaurya Missile:

  • Shaurya is hypersonic surface-to-surface tactical missile.
  • It is a land variant of short-range SLBM K-15 Sagarika, which has a range of at least 750 kilometres.
  • The missile is based on a canister system which means that it is stored and operated from specially designed compartments.
  • It is also capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg to 1000 kg.
  • These ballistic weapons belong to the K missile family.

K Family of missiles:

  • The K family of missiles is primarily Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), which have been indigenously developed by DRDO.
  • These are named after Dr Kalam, the central figure in India’s missile and space programmes who also served as the 11th President of India.
  • The development of this naval platform launched missiles began in the late 1990s as a step towards completing India’s nuclear triad (land, sea and air-based).
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