India successfully test-fired a short-range, surface-to-air missile from a remote range in eastern Orissa state, defense ministry sources said.
The Trishul, or trident, missile was fired at 11:58 am from the testing site at Chandipur 200 kilometers northeast of the state capital Bhubaneswar, the sources said.
Powered by a two-stage solid propellant system and fitted with a 5.5 kilogram fragmented warhead, the missile achieved a target range of 9.0 kms, the sources said.
The range can be enhanced with the completion of its other trials, the sources said.
The 3-meter long Trishul has already been tested on the sea and also against moving targets. It flies at supersonic speed and has a triple battlefield role for the three services -- army, navy and air force, the sources said.
Trishul is part of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, which was launched in 1983 to develop and produce a wide range of missiles for surface-to-surface and surface-to-air roles.