Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Successfully Test-Fired

India's nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V successfully test fired

India's nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V successfully test fired

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast.

It has a range of 5,000 km and can reach the northern most parts of China.

The nuclear-capable Agni-V is the country's most advanced ICBM and has an operational range of 5,500-5,800km.

17 metres tall and 50 tonnes in weight, Agni V's three stages are powered by solid propellants.

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China and Pakistan, who have a hawkish eye on India's weapons programme, were angered by India's previous tests.

Relations between India and china deteriorated last June when India said it opposed a Chinese attempt to extend a road on the border of China, India and Bhutan.

India's Defense Ministry said the test was a "major boost" to the country's defense capabilities. It has been tested five times since 2012, with the most recent launch occurring in December 2016.

Though Agni 5 is said to have a range of 5,000 kms, its range has been a contentious issue. Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the beginning of the Indian leader's premiership back in 2014.

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The third, fourth and today?s launch from a canister, integrated with a sophisticated mobile launcher, were in its deliverable configuration that enables launch of the missile with a very-short preparation time as compared to an open configuration.

The country has 120-130 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

India, like Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran, has not signed the treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The tri-Service SFC was established in 2003 to manage India's nuclear arsenal.

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Nitin Gokhale, an independent national security analyst in New Delhi, said India did not previously have a missile capable of hitting "high-value targets" in China. Pakistan, now holding just over a third of Kashmir's territory, might see the Agni-V development as proof it's falling behind in the arms race with India.

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