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DATE=4/16/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248196 TITLE=INDIA MISSILE (S ONLY) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA ON FRIDAY SUCCESSFULLY TESTED A SHORT-RANGE MISSILE. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM OUR NEW DELHI BUREAU FRIDAY'S ACTION IS JUST THE LATEST MISSILE TEST THIS WEEK IN SOUTH ASIA. TEXT: ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS SCIENTISTS CONDUCTED TWO TESTS OF THE TRISHUL MISSILE FROM A RANGE IN THE EASTERN STATE OF ORRISSA. REPORTS SAY BOTH MISSILES HIT THEIR TARGETS. THE TRISHUL MISSILE HAS A RANGE OF ABOUT 50-KILOMETERS AND CAN CARRY A SMALL WARHEAD. THERE ARE REPORTEDLY THREE VERSIONS OF THE MISSILE UNDER DEVELOPMENT. ON SUNDAY INDIA TESTED AN UPGRADED VERSION OF ITS AGNI BALLISTIC MISSILE, WHICH HAS A RANGE OF ABOUT TWO-THOUSAND-FIVE HUNDRED KILOMETERS. IT WAS THE FIRST TEST FIRING OF THE AGNI IN FIVE YEARS. FOLLOWING INDIA'S TEST, PAKISTAN ON WEDNESDAY TEST-FIRED AN UPGRADED VERSION OF ITS GHAURI BALLISTIC MISSILE. ON THURSDAY PAKISTAN TEST-FIRED ITS SHORTER-RANGE SHAHEEN MISSILE. BOTH COUNTRIES SAY THEY GAVE EACH OTHER PRIOR NOTIFICATION OF THE MISSILE TESTS THIS WEEK. LAST YEAR INDIA AND PAKISTAN CONDUCTED UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTS. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/ENE/KL 16-Apr-99 10:42 AM EDT (1442 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .