India's Ministry of External Affairs, too, has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris.
It is the sixth development flight trial with an objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase and cruise phase using waypoint navigation at very low altitudes, the Defence Ministry said.
India's Ministry of External Affairs has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris.
The missile reportedly failed after flying for 30 seconds.
While space scientists collectively hailed the success of 'Mission Shakti' and termed the historic feat as the demonstration of India's space power and political will, members of the Opposition have questioned the timing of the announcement ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections, even taking the matter to the Election Commission.
Senior TMC leader and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said that Narendra Modi should stop taking credit for the achievement or job done by others.
Targeting the Congress, Jaitley said those patting their own back for India's strategic missile programme were doing so for wrong reasons.
The missile is incorporated with advanced features including state-of-the-art Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics, it said.
The trials were conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Launch Complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
R&D is a "difficult area" which requires attention and has a long gestation period, Sitharaman noted.
At first blush, the new defence pricing policy announced by the government earlier this month seems to discourage production. The policy, which proposed margin cuts, seems to be at odd with government rhetoric.
This Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of the earth's atmosphere, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said.
More than 154 global players and 523 Indian defence companies participated in the recently concluded Defence Expo in Chennai. A number of tanks, aircrafts and other military equipment were on display. Here is a glimpse of some of them:
The country's premier defence research institute has allocated about 25-30 per cent for developing new projects during the current financial year, Defence Research and Development Organisation Chairman S Christopher said.
Rustom 2 is a medium-altitude long-endurance UCAV which has been often compared with Predator drones of the United States.
Rustom 2 is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness payloads.
The perfect test launch came after successful trial of Agni-5 on January 18 and Agni-1 missile conducted from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast yesterday.
The supersonic BrahMos missile is a key weapon in India’s armory. The recent tests on the missile, that was jointly developed by India and Russia has proved the capability of the missile to get operated from land, sea and air
The sophisticated missile was test fired at about 11.25 AM from a truck-mounted canister launcher from launch complex-3 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here, official sources said.
Inaugurating the country's first ever Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), set up near here for testing unmanned and manned aircraft being developed locally, he said India was geographically located in a region that was not free from trouble.
The DRDO has developed and upgraded military systems, products and technologies worth over Rs 2.5 lakh crore for the armed forces.
Calling it a major initiative, DRDO chairman Dr S Christopher said production of HNS in India will significantly help the country's ambitious defence indigenisation programme and also complement the 'Make in India' initiative.
"The use of high-nitrogen steel will replace the existing import of rolled homogeneous armour (RHA), resulting in improved cost efficiency in material acquisition for armour applications by 50 percent," JSHL said after the pact was signed in the presence of Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre today.
Steel volumes could go up by 10-15 percent this year but margins might remain at 12-15 percent, says Abhyuday Jindal, Vice Chairman, Jindal Stainless.
The stainless steel maker signed a licence agreement with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to help manufacture high nitrogen steel