India’s nuclear-capable intercontinental missile has been tested. This test came just weeks after the successful test of a hypersonic missile by Beijing.
India released a statement Wednesday night praising the launch of its first Agni-5 missile test. The missile was inducted over three years ago, but Wednesday’s launch was the first time the rocket had been trialed by the user agency, the Strategic Forces Command.
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According to Indian military sources, Agni-5 can carry a nuclear payload and strike targets up to 5,000 km with very high accuracy. This means it could be used to reach nearly any place in China.
Three-stage solid fuel engine is used to propel the projectile. This means that spent rocket parts are removed when there’s no more propellant.
Officially, an intercontinental-ballistic missile (ICBM) must be able to travel at least 5500km. Ashish Sood, Bharatiya Janata Party politician, shared an infographic indicating that the operational ceiling might be higher than reported.
The launch took place from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, and hit its target in the Bay of Bengal with “a very high degree of accuracy,” the military’s statement read. The rocket was fired into the night skies in footage from the launch.
This is India. Local resident captured the success of Agni-5 in Odisha. The audio is available. Agni-5 is capable of covering targets as far away as 5,000km. This test was done from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. pic.twitter.com/3hLe8bfmat
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) October 28, 2021
India has successfully fired the surface-to–surface strategic missile Agni-5, which can reach targets at close ranges of up to 5,000 km. This weapon is very accurate and can be used for precision strikes. pic.twitter.com/1eR8bbgaMR
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) October 28, 2021
According to government officials, the launch went according to plan. “India’s policy to have credible minimum deterrence that underpins the commitment to no first use.”
India’s launch comes at a time of increased concern about the proliferation of nuclear weapons after China conducted hypersonic missile tests in the summer. Before hitting the target, it circumnavigated Earth with its nuclear-capable projectile.
India, which is among a few nations that possess nuclear weapons, has for a long time been able to strike anywhere within Pakistani territory.
Recent months have seen tensions rise between India, China and the Ladakh mountainous border. China revealed earlier this year that 4 of its soldiers had been killed in fighting at the border. This is a rare admission by Beijing.
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