November 23, 2009 / 3:20 PM / 10 years ago

India tests nuclear-capable missile after sunset

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - India’s army tested a nuclear-capable Agni missile after sunset on Monday for the first time to demonstrate it could be fired whenever required, defense officials said.

The surface-to-surface Agni II missile is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to targets around 2,000 km (1,200 miles) away, officials said.

“It was tested after sunset and we are awaiting results,” said a defense official, who asked not to be identified.

The missile was test launched from Wheeler’s Island, off India’s east coast in Orissa state.

Its range can be increased to 3000 km (1,900 miles) by reducing the load. It is 65 feet long and can carry a payload of one tonne.

Reporting by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Bappa Majumdar and Ron Popeski

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