NEW DELHI – India tested its nuclear-capable Brahmos supersonic cruise missile Tuesday in a province bordering Pakistan, despite already tense relations with Islamabad following the Mumbai terror attacks, a news report said.
India's Defense Minister A.K. Antony said the test was pre-planned and not directed at any country, the Press Trust of India news agency reported
New Delhi and Islamabad regularly test missiles, but normally only give each other prior notice for long-range launches. It was not immediately clear whether India informed Pakistan ahead of Tuesday's test.
Defense Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
The test comes amid increased tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors, who have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.
India says Pakistan-based militants plotted and executed the Nov. 26 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people and has repeatedly insinuated that Pakistani intelligence agents were involved.
The Brahmos missile, jointly developed with Russia, can carry a 440-pound nuclear warhead and has a maximum range of 180 miles.
Tuesday's test was carried out in the western desert state of Rajasthan that borders Pakistan, PTI said.
The missile, which has already been test-fired more than a dozen times, can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound and can be launched from land, ships, submarines and aircraft.
India's missile arsenal also includes the short-range Prithvi missile, the anti-tank Nag missile, the short-range surface-to-air Trishul missile, and the medium-range Agni missile.