Earlier Broadsword reporting on the Shourya/Shaurya:
DRDO chief, Dr VK Saraswat, to Broadsword: “We have designed the Shaurya so that it can be launched from under water as easily as from land. The gas-filled canister that houses the missile fits easily into a submarine."
Former DRDO chief controller, Dr Prahlada, to Broadsword: “The Shaurya was developed from ground up as a submarine-capable missile. Every piece of technology for fitting it in a submarine is already in place."
Dr Saraswat to Broadsword: “I would say the Shaurya a hybrid propulsion missile. Like a ballistic missile, it is powered by solid fuel. And, like a cruise missile, it can guide itself right up to the target.”
On Saturday, the DRDO announced a second successful flight test for its Shourya missile. With a range of 700-750 km, the Shourya is designed as an subsurface-to-land missile, for Indian submarines. Read a more detailed analysis in Broadsword: "Shaurya surfaces as India's underwater nuclear missile", published on 17th Feb 2010. The article is in the Broadsword archives, accessible by all visitors.
The latest DRDO press release is pasted below:
Shourya Missile Successfully Flight Tested
New Delhi: Asvina 02, 1933
Saturday, Sep 24, 2011
The 700- km range Shourya Missile was successfully flight tested from Launch Complex III of Interim Test Range (ITR), Balasore today. Developed by the DRDO, the Missile was launched from a canister in a ground launch mode at 1430 Hrs. The launch of the missile was perfect and it followed the pre-defined path exactly to reach the target in Bay of Bengal. All Radar, Telemetry and Electro-Optical Stations along the East Coast tracked and monitored all the mission parameters. Ships located near the target also tracked and witnessed the final event. Accuracy level of the missile was high and it was within a few metres. Shourya is equipped with multiple advanced computing systems, very high accuracy navigation and guidance systems.
DRDO Chief Controller Shri Avinash Chander congratulated all the scientists and employees of DRDO and other establishments. Director DRDL Shri P Venugoplalan, Director ITR Shri SP Dash, Director SPIC Shri Satish Kumar and Programme Director AK Chakravarti monitored all the preparatory operations. Shri A Joseph Project Director and team prepared the missile and conducted the launch flawlessly.