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.