India's defense ministry says it has successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a ship near the east coast.

The Dhanush missile, developed by India, was fired Friday from a ship, the Subhadra, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Orissa. It has a striking range of at least 250 kilometers.

The missile, which can carry both nuclear and conventional weapons, is a naval version of India's surface-to-surface Prithvi.

Earlier this month, India's nuclear rival, neighboring Pakistan, said it successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile.

Pakistan and India often conduct such tests to demonstrate their defensive readiness. The two rivals normally give each other notice for long-range missile launches.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.