India tests long-range version of Prithvi

Published December 13, 2001

NEW DELHI, Dec 12: India on Wednesday test fired a longer-range version of its Prithvi surface-to-surface missile from a launch site off the eastern coast.

The defence ministry said the 250-km range Prithvi blasted off from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-Sea in the Bay of Bengal at 10.41am (10.11am PST). “The flight was flawless and the missile impacted at the intended target point accurately,” the ministry said in a statement.

The longer-range version of the Prithvi, which western experts believe to be nuclear capable, is intended to be used by the air force. A 150-km version of the missile has entered service in the army.

India has been developing a range of missiles, including a ballistic intermediate range missile, Agni.—Reuters

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