India tests nuclear-capable missile

2011-09-26 21:48

New Delhi - India successfully test-fired a short-range, nuclear-capable missile on Monday, the defence ministry said.

The Prithvi missile was fired from a testing range in Chandipur in Orissa state and hit its target in the Bay of Bengal with high accuracy, spokesperson N Ao said.

The surface-to-surface missile has a range of 350km and can carry a warhead weighing up to 500kg.

"The flight test of the Prithvi missile met all the mission objectives and was a perfect textbook launch," Ao said.

The army already deploys Prithvi missiles but they are regularly test-fired to hone their accuracy and speed.

India also is developing other missiles, including the medium-range Agni and Akash missiles, the anti-tank Nag, the ship-launched Dhanush missile and the supersonic Brahmos missile, designed jointly with Russia.

India's missiles are mostly intended for any confrontation with rival Pakistan. Both South Asian neighbours routinely test missiles and Monday's launch was unlikely to aggravate tensions.

The countries normally inform each other before carrying out long-distance missile tests. It was not immediately clear whether Pakistan was told about Monday's exercise.

  • TSR01 - 2012-04-18 13:31

    So why do these nutters get to test nukes without getting sanctioned? North Korea aren't exactly friendly, but good grief, is it becoming fashionable to have nuclear warheads? Country 1: "Don't mess with us, we have nukes." Country 2: "So so we, so you don't mess with us either." Country 1: "Oh.... wanna see who can nuke the other fastest?" - there is no logic. Everyone claims its for defense, but why does everyone insist on having them then? Surely, if everyone has nuclear warheads, its only a matter of time until one bright-spark country triggers a nuclear war, resulting in the deaths of countless innocent civilians.

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