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India test fires nuke-capable missile

By Xinhua

 India test fires nuke-capable missile
In this handout photograph received from India's Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 18, 2014 the Akash missile is successfully test fired in very low altitude near boundary mission from the Integrated Test Range, Balasore in eastern state of Orissa. (Photo /AFP)

NEW DELHI - India on Friday successfully test fired its home-made, nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, from a test range in the eastern state of Odisha, sources said.

"The test firing of the surface-to-surface missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur around 10 am (local time) has been successful," the source said.

Local TV channels showed footage of the missile blasting off like a rocket, and then, unlike a missile, turning into an aircraft with wings and pronounced tail fins.

The missile, developed by the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization can fly at tree-top level, making it undetectable on radar, the sources said.

With a strike range of 1,000 km, it can hit deep into enemy territory and it has a fire-and-forget system that cannot be jammed.

When India's own satellite navigation fleet is ready, cruise missiles can be controlled by signals from the country's space system, the sources added.

The maiden test firing of Nirbhay was not successful in March last year as it deviated from its course about 20 minutes after launch.

Nirbhay is India's equivalent of America's Tomahawk and Pakistan's Babur missiles.

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