The Indian Navy successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from INS Shubhadra off its eastern coast on 13 December.

Director of the test range SP Dash told Reuters that the surface-to-surface missile had a strike range up to 350km and a payload of up to a ton.

“It has met all the mission objectives. It was a text book launch,” he said.

The 20m-long Dhanush missile is capable of hitting targets up to 2,500km away.

India last tested the Dhanush missile in 2007.