October 1, 1999
India Test-Launches New Missile
NEW DELHI--India test-launched its most sophisticated surface-to-air missile, which soared over the Indian Ocean and knocked down a pilotless plane, officials said. The Akash missile can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads, United News of India quoted Defense Ministry officials as saying. It has a range of 15 miles and is one of five missiles being developed by India's Defense Research and Development Organization.