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India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile


India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

The surface-to-surface Dhanush missile was fired Sunday from a ship in the Bay of Bengal

India says it has successfully test fired a short range, nuclear-capable missile.

Officials fired the surface-to-surface Dhanush missile Sunday from a ship in the Bay of Bengal. The missile can hit a target up to 350 kilometers away.

India last tested the Dhanush missile in 2007.

India and neighboring Pakistan routinely test-fire missiles. The two countries have fought three wars since partition in 1947, and both countries conducted nuclear weapons tests in 1998.

They also are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Last month, India said its test fire at night of a medium range, nuclear-capable missile failed to hit its target.

Defense Ministry officials said the surface-to-surface Agni-II missile was fired from a mobile launcher on Wheeler Island off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa. India has tested these missiles successfully during the day, but officials say India's first night trial was a failure.

The Indian-developed missile is 20 meters long and reportedly can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kilograms. It can hit targets up to 2,500 kilometers away.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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