India tests nuclear-capable Agni-5 ballistic missile

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India “successfully flight tested” its nuclear-capable Agni-five missile on Sunday morning, according to the workplace of the country’s defense minister.

“Long variety ballistic missile Agni five was effectively flight tested at 0945 hrs nowadays from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island),” a tweet from the workplace study. The island is situated in the Bay of Bengal.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that the missile is “nuclear-capable” and has a strike variety of about three,107 miles.

India has been establishing its nuclear and missile systems in current years amid escalating strategic competitors with China.

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The missile test took location on Abdul Kalam Island, officials stated.

 (Ministry of Defense)

Tension flared final year amongst the two neighbors more than a disputed section of their border higher in the Himalayas.

A press release from the Ministry of Defense incorporated photographs of Sunday’s launch.

“All the Radars, Electro Optical Tracking Stations and Telemetry Stations tracked the automobile all via the course of the trajectory,” it stated. “All the mission objectives have been accomplished.”

Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman supplied her congratulations to scientists with the Defense Investigation and Improvement Organization (DRDO), the armed forces and other people, the release explained. 

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Sources told the news agency that a mobile launcher was employed.

PTI reported that Sunday’s Agni-five test came following 5 other “successful” tests of that missile. 

The Linked Press contributed to this report.