India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

Prithvi II is an Indian short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

India on June 9 tested a short-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast, an official said, part of the nation’s efforts to build up its atomic deterrent.

The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was fired from a range in the eastern state of Orissa and hit its target in the Bay of Bengal successfully, the defence ministry official said.

The Prithvi, which is domestically built and developed, can carry nuclear or conventional payloads and has already been inducted into the armed services.

India’s Defence Research Development Organisation is developing a series of missiles as part of the country’s deterrent strategy against neighboring Pakistan and China, who also have nuclear weapons.

The fourth test of the 30-foot Prithvi-II was a routine part of training exercises for the Indian armed forces, officials said.

With a striking range of 200 miles (350 kilometers), the missile is capable of carrying a 2,200-pound (1,000-kilogram) warhead.

Bhubaneswar – AFP