India Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile
Thu, 29 Dec 2005, 10:25
India successfully tested its nuclear-capable, short-range Dhanush ballistic missile Dec. 28, defense officials said.
The locally-developed missile, a naval version of the surface-to-surface Prithvi, was tested from a ship in the Bay of Bengal off the east coast of Orissa state, the Press Trust of India said, quoting official sources.
Dhanush -- which means bow in Hindi -- has a range of 250 kilometers (156 miles) and can carry a payload of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds), the news agency said.
India, which conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998, has already developed and deployed two ballistic missiles and a surface missile.
It hopes to cap the program with a 5,000-kilometer (3,125-mile) range ballistic missile to give it the capability of striking beyond South Asia.
Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan frequently test-fire missiles but as part of a slow-moving peace process have agreed to inform each other in advance.