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    India's Agni-I medium range ballistic missile was test launched successfully from the Abdul Kalam Island off India's shores on Friday, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads, the 15-meter-long missile underwent a "perfect launch" as part of India's strategic force command exercises, according to defense sources, the India Today news outlet reported.

    The missile is equipped with precise navigation systems, has a 700-kilometer (435-mile) range, and can be fired from mobile road or rail launch pads. Developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the rocket was first test fired in 2002. The last test launch took place September 2014.

    India has been a nuclear power since 1974. Today, the country possess approximately 110 nuclear warheads, according to Federation of American Scientists estimates. India has not made official statements on the size of its nuclear arsenal.


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