India tests nuclear-capable missile

The Prithvi-II has a striking range of 350 kilometres and is capable of carrying a 1,000-kilogramme warhead.


Afp June 09, 2011

BHUBANESWAR: India tested a short-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Thursday, an official said, as part of the country's efforts to build up its atomic deterrent.

The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was fired from a range in the eastern state of Orissa and hit its target in the Bay of Bengal successfully, the defence ministry official said.

The Prithvi, which is domestically built and developed, can carry nuclear or conventional payloads and has already been inducted into the armed services.

India's Defence Research Development Organisation is developing a series of missiles as part of the country's deterrent strategy against neighbouring Pakistan and China which also have nuclear weapons.

The fourth test of the nine-metre (30-foot) Prithvi-II was a routine part of training exercises for the Indian armed forces, defence officials said.

With a striking range of 350 kilometres, the missile is capable of carrying a 1,000-kilogram warhead.

COMMENTS (28)

Indiah | 9 years ago | Reply

@Nauman: "Most importantly, we’ve managed hold our enemies on a fringe which is 5 times larger than us!"

It's just that we don't attack on poors. And you know the result of all the wars between India and pakistan. :)

Nauman | 9 years ago | Reply To all my Indian friends: Considering that Pakistan had only one dysfunctional Textile Mill, one dilapidated University, and one archaic Jute Mill in 1947; no other country has come so far in matching the achievements in record time. To list a few: Pakistan has the seventh largest standing armed force and is the only Muslim-majority nation to possess nuclear weapons. It is designated as a major non-NATO ally of the United States and a strategic ally of China. It is a founding member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Pakistan has now joined the ranks of the very few countries which produce fighter jets, missiles tanks and so on. Most importantly, we've managed hold our enemies on a fringe which is 5 times larger than us!
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