NEW DELHI — India test-fired a short-range, nuclear-capable missile Thursday that hit its target accurately, the defense ministry said.
India is developing a 5,000 km-range Agni ballistic missile, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Friday.
“India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of 3,500 kilometres. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing Agni missile with a capacity to reach 5000 kilometres,” he said here.
India has tested two versions of its short-range missiles capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads, a defense ministry official said Friday.
The first missile was test fired from a navy warship in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of eastern Orissa state, said defense ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar.
An hour later, a second short-range missile was tested. The nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi missile was fired from India’s missile testing range at Chandipur, also in Orissa, the defense ministry said.
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After the aborted mission, Defense scientists are planning a fresh test of the country’s newly developed Advanced Air Defense (AAD) interceptor missile in June.
This time, a new target missile will be used for the test.
While its planned trial on Sunday was put off after the interceptor missile developed a technical snag in one of its sub-systems in the last minute, Monday’s trial had to be aborted as the target missile `Prithvi’ could not reach the pre-designated altitude leading to its deviation from the coordinated path.
India is moving quickly from the success of is most recent missile launch. They announced an ambitious goal of testing a missile with a range of almost 1,100 more miles. We will just have to wait and see if they live up to this goal.
India will test a new nuclear-capable missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) in a year’s time, the country’s top military scientist said Wednesday.
India’s current longest-range missile is the Agni-III missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles), which its military test-fired on Sunday. That missile is already capable of reaching targets not only across historic rival, Pakistan, but also major cities in China and the Middle East.
V.K. Saraswat, India’s chief military scientist, said the new missile, Agni-V, would be a land-based system with a range of over 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles).
NEW DELHI — India again successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile Sunday that can hit targets across much of Asia and the Middle East, a defense ministry press release said.
It was the fourth test of the Agni III missile, the statement added. The first attempt in 2006 failed, but the last two tests were successful.
“The Agni III missile tested for the full range, hit the target with pinpoint accuracy and met all the mission objectives,” the press release added.