India tests nuclear-capable missile

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December 22, 2010 09:44

 
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BHUBANESHWAR, India— India on Wednesday successfully tested a short-range, nuclear-capable missile with a range of 220 miles (350 kilometers), an official said.

The army twice fired the surface-to-surface missile Prithvi II from a range in Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa, said S.P. Dash, a senior official at the range. "The test was successful," Dash told The Associated Press.

The missile, which mainly would target military installations, can carry a warhead weighing up to 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), Dash said.

It already has been tested more than a half-dozen times. However, a test of the same missile three months ago failed due to technical problems.

India's Agni-II missile, with a range of up to 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers), can put areas of southern China within striking distance. And the Agni-III, successfully tested last year, can carry nuclear warheads across much of Asia and the Middle East.

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