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India Successfully Conducts Night Test of Agni-V Nuclear-capable Ballistic Missile

The Missile can reach targets beyond 5,400 km

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

INDIA: Amid rising tensions with China over clashes along the de facto border in Arunachal Pradesh last week, sources in the Defense Ministry said on Thursday that India had successfully completed night tests of the Agni-V nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which can reach targets beyond 5,400 km.

The test, which showed that the missile can now reach targets farther away than before, was conducted to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile”, they added.

The ballistic missile with nuclear warheads was launched from Abdul Kalam Island, which is off the coast of Odisha. 

This was a regular test, according to sources in the Defense Ministry, and it was the Agni-V’s ninth flight since it was initially tested in 2012.

Even though the test was conducted days after the confrontations, it had been prepared beforehand. 

Long before the event in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India had revealed its plans to launch a long-range missile and sent out a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).

China attempted to “unilaterally change the status quo” on the de facto boundary known as the Line of Actual Control last week with the invasion in Arunachal, the government had stated. 

It also added that the action had been effectively repelled. Clashes broke out that left troops on both sides hurt.

The incident is believed to be the deadliest on the disputed border between the nuclear-armed Asian superpowers since a brawl in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in 2020 that killed 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers.

China and India engaged in a full-scale conflict in 1962 over Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing considered to be a portion of Tibet and claimed in its entirety.

The fight in Tawang came after joint military drills between India and the US in China’s border state of Uttarakhand last month, which infuriated Beijing.

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