Tuesday, December 15, 2009
India Ballistic Missile Test A Success
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
BHUBANESHWAR, India - India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a ship near the east coast Dec. 13, a defense official said.
The Dhanush, which has a short range of 350 kilometers (220 miles), is a navy version of the surface-to-surface Prithvi missile and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.
The missile was successfully fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal, said S.P. Das, director of Integrated Test Range, a unit of India's Defence Research and Development Organization.
"The test met all the requisite parameters," he said.
The Dhanush was last tested in 2007.
Last month, India conducted the first night-time test of a nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile but the attempt failed.