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India Tests Medium-Range Surface-To-Air Missile

File photo of a test fire of an Akash SAM from a specially modified BMP-1 IFV chassis.
Bhubaneswar, India (AFP) Feb 21, 2005
India successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile Monday from a range on an island off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, defence sources said.

The homegrown missile named Akash - sky in Hindi - was fired from a mobile launcher Monday afternoon at the the Chandipur-on-Sea testing site, 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Bhubaneswar, Orissa's state capital.

It successfully hit a pilotless target aircraft, a defence source said.

The 700-kilogram (1,540-pound) Akash can carry a 70 kilogram warhead and is designed to travel 27 kilometres (17 miles).

On November 30, 2004, the same missile was tested with a live warhead.

Akash is one of five missiles being developed by India's state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan frequently test-fire missiles they are developing for military purposes.

In 1999, a year after the two sides tested nuclear weapons, they agreed to notify each other ahead of missile tests.

In a meeting last week in Islamabad, the foreign ministers of the two countries agreed to upgrade the missile test understanding to a formal agreement.

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