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August 2, 2011: India has successfully tested its new Prahaar short range, solid fuel, ballistic missile. With a range of 150 kilometers, six of the 1.3 ton missiles are carried on an 8x8 transporter/launch vehicle. Each missile has a 200 kg (440 pound) warhead. The 420mm diameter Prahaar is 7.3 meters (22.6 feet) long. The GPS/INS guided missile reaches its target in 250 seconds. Prahaar was developed in less than two years.

Pakistan has also developed similar short range ballistic missiles, and it is feared that both countries will arm these missiles with nuclear, as well as conventional, warheads. This would make a nuclear war between the two nations more likely.

 


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