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India successfully tests fires two nuclear capable ballistic missiles

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 India successfully tests fires two nuclear capable ballistic missiles  - Sputnik International
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India has successfully test-fired two short-range nuclear-capable missiles off the coast of the Orissa state on Saturday, the IANS news agency reported, quoting military officials.

India has successfully test-fired two short-range nuclear-capable missiles off the coast of the Orissa state on Saturday, the IANS news agency reported, quoting military officials.

The Dhanush was test-fired from a naval ship off the coast of India's eastern Orissa state, while the Prithvi II was launched from the Chandipur firing range, some 200 kilometres northeast of the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Both tests occurred at 5:30 a.m. (11:00 GMT).

The Prithvi is India's indigenously developed surface-to-surface ballistic missile, with a range of 350 km and payload capacity of 500 kg.

The Dhanush missile, which has liquid propellant, is the naval version of the Prithvi. It is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads.

The first Dhanush test launch ended in failure in April 2000 over technical problems related to the take-off stage, but subsequent trials were reported as successful. The latest Dhanush trial was successfully conducted off Orissa coast in March 2007.

NEW DELHI, March 27 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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