Wednesday, May 07, 2008

India launches Agni-III ballistic missile...

India has test-fired its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-III, officials said.

The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired off the coast of Orissa state in eastern India.

With a range of more than 3,000km (1,865 miles), the missile could hit targets as far off as Beijing and Shanghai, analysts say.

The Agni-III is India's most sophisticated long-range missile. It was successfully test-fired last year.

The first attempt to test the missile in July 2006 failed after it developed a snag during the flight and came crashing down into the Bay of Bengal.

The missile was re-configured for the second launch in April 2007. More...

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