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India tests nuke-capable missile — Analysis

The launch demonstrated New Delhi’s capacity for ‘credible deterrence,’ the military said

India has successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile, with the country’s Defense Ministry calling the trial a “routine” launch. It is believed that the locally developed munition can strike targets up to thousands of miles from its target. 

The missile test was conducted from Abdul Kalam Island, in the state Odisha, on Monday. It encountered no major problems and was declared a success by the military in a press release.

“The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command,”The launch had been a success, it added. “reliability of the system” and reaffirmed New Delhi’s “Credible Minimum Deterrence’ Capability.”

The fourth iteration of a weapon created by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the Agni-4 (or “Fire-4”The ), an intermediate-range missile, is capable of hitting targets as far away as 4,000 km (2,485 mi) and carrying a payload of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pound). New Delhi also conducted a series of trials for Agni-5 (an intercontinental missile (ICBM), with a much longer range), with the latest trial being completed late last year. 

One of a small handful of nations to possess its own nuclear triad – or nuclear arms fired from the land, sea and air – India last tested the Agni-4 in 2018, while a launch for the newer and shorter-range Agni Prime was carried out in late 2021.

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