India on Thursday carried out a successful test of a short-range ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, the military said.

The test of the Prithvi II took place in the eastern state of Orissa under the supervision of experts from India's Defense Research and Development Organization.

With a range of 350 kilometers (217 miles), the surface-to-surface missile can lift a payload of up to 1,000 kilos (2,202 pounds).

The Prithvi II, the first missile entirely built in India, is one of five launch vehicles designed by the DRDO's guided-missile unit.

India is in an arms race with neighbor and fellow nuclear power Pakistan.

The two states have fought three wars - in 1947, 1965 and 1971 - since Britain's partition of the subcontinent and have been on the verge of hostilities several other times over the disputed territory of Kashmir. EFE