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India tests air-to-air Astra missile

India tests air-to-air Astra missile
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First Published: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 04 22 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 04 22 PM IST
AFP
India on 29 March successfully test fired a domestically made air-to-air missile for the second time in four days, defence officials said.
The Astra missile was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, 200 kilometres from Orissa’s capital Bhubaneswar, the officials said.
The single-stage solid-fuel missile, first successfully tested in May 2003, can carry a 15 kilogramme conventional warhead and has a strike-range of 20 to 80 kilometres.
The test comes a week after neighbouring Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable radar-dodging cruise missile with a range of 700 kilometres.
The neighbours have routinely conducted missile tests since carrying out tit-for-tat nuclear detonations in May 1998.
Tensions have, however, eased since 2004 when they launched a peace process aimed at ending six decades of hostility and resolving their dispute over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, the cause of two of their three wars.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 04 22 PM IST