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India test fires medium range missile, Prithvi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 12, IRNA
India Thursday test fired its most sophisticated surface-to-surface medium range missile, 'Prithvi' from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore in Orissa, defense officials told Press Trust of India.

Scientists of India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and army personnel, who conducted the test, described it as a user's trial.

Mounted on a mobile tatra transporter erector launcher, the indigenously developed missile with a range of 150 to 250 km was fired at 1304 IST (Indian Standard Time), the sources said.

'Prithvi, 'Agni', and other smaller missiles like 'Nag' are parts of an Integrated Missile Development Program launched in the time of the late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

India test fired 'Pinaka', the multi barrel rocket system last month.

Indian Navy is also set to induct the latest Indo-Russian scramjet based 'BrahMos' missile.

::IRNA No.030 12/05/2005 14:54 --End

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