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India test fires new long-range nuclear-capable missile
The handout photograph released by the Indian Defence Public Relations (DPR) shows an AGNI-I ballistic missile launched from Wheeler island off the coast of the eastern India state of Odisha on July 13, 2012.
The handout photograph released by the Indian Defence Public Relations (DPR) shows an AGNI-I ballistic missile launched from Wheeler island off the coast of the eastern India state of Odisha on July 13, 2012.
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:27PM
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"The test-firing of the missile, with a strike range of 700 kilometers, took place at 10:10 a.m. (local time). The test-firing has been successful and the missile has achieved its target. The test-firing took place from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island.”

An Indian source

India has test fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying payloads up to 1,000 kilograms from a military base off the country's eastern coast of Odisha.


"The test-firing of the missile, with a strike range of 700 kilometers, took place at 10:10 a.m. (local time). The test-firing has been successful and the missile has achieved its target. The test-firing took place from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island,” Indian sources said on Friday.

Agni-I is a single-stage, solid fuel surface-to-surface missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The missile is 14.8 meters long, 1.3 meters in diameter and weighs 12 tons.

Already inducted in the Indian army, Agni-I has been developed by the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and was commissioned in 2002.

The successful test of Agni-I comes after the successful launch of the 5,000-km range Agni-V on April 19, 2012.

Agni-V, a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, is capable of carrying a 1.5-ton nuclear warhead and has also been locally developed.

The Agni (meaning "fire" in Hindi and Sanskrit) in one of the country's most sophisticated weapons.

In 2010, India successfully test-fired Agni-II missile, with a range of over 2,000 km (1,250 miles).

Nuclear-capable India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars -- two over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir -- routinely carry out missile tests but normally notify each other in advance under an agreement.

Both neighbors have refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other treaties that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons.

Relations between the two countries have been rocky over the past decades.

TNP/JR
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