India has test-fired its intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-II.
The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired off an island in Orissa state in eastern India, officials say.
With a range of more than 2,000km (1,250 miles), the missile can carry a nuclear payload of 1,000kg.
The Agni series are among India’s most sophisticated missiles. A long range version was successfully test-fired last year.
The Agni-III missile, tested last year, has a range of more than 3,000km (1,865 miles) and could hit targets as far off as Beijing and Shanghai, analysts say.
The Agni-I has a range of 750km (470 miles).
The Agni (literally “fire” in Hindi and Sanskrit) missile family is believed to be the mainstay of the Indian missile-based strategic nuclear deterrence.
Based on some news sources Pakistan also planning to test a missile of same or higher capacity within a week or later. This regarded as compitition between two rival powers in South Asia.
-Based on BBC News source.