Surface-to-surface Agni-V missile successfully test fired off Odisha

Faith Castro
January 19, 2018

Indian politicians and defense analysts said they were elated by the missile test, with the country's president, Ram Nath Kovind, writing on Twitter that the test-firing "makes every Indian proud" and "will boost our strategic defense".

The move is seen as part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China, Reuters said. This range was not sufficient to reach targets on the extreme eastern and north- eastern region of China.

The Agni-V missile, with a range of about 3,100 miles, has been in the works for several decades, a tweet from India's congress said.

Tension flared past year between the two neighbors over a long-disputed section of their border high in the Himalayas. After four successful developmental trials, this was the first user associate test of Agni-5 missile, the sources added.

According to reports, the trial was described as "fully successful" and the missile travelled for 19 minutes and covered 5000Km.

The missile can be deployed from mobile launchers and can even be hidden in a railway wagon.

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The missile's canister-launch version provides more flexibility, allowing the missile to quickly be transported and fired from most platforms.

In Chennai, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam confirmed that the test of Agni-5 was successful.

Abdul Kalam island lies off India's east coast.

Victor Gao, the director of the China National Association of International Studies, told CNN that he believes Modi has done a good job engaging with China and called the possibility of war between the two countries "completely ludicrous".

According to the Federation of American Scientists, India possesses around 130 nuclear warheads, which is a modest figure compared to the USA and Russia who both have several thousand each.

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