India test-fires nuclear missile

2011-06-09 12:01

New Delhi - A defence official says India has test-fired a nuclear-capable missile with a range of 350km.

The official says the surface-to-surface Prithvi missile was fired on Thursday from India's missile-testing range in Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

India and rival Pakistan routinely test-fire missiles, but usually notify each other ahead of time in keeping with an agreement between the two nations.

Earlier this week, a global think tank said India and Pakistan continue to develop new ballistic and cruise missile systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons and have added 20-30 nuclear warheads apiece to their arsenals in the past year.