In the midst of rising tensions with China over confrontations along the de facto border in Arunachal Pradesh last week, India successfully test-fired its largest and longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which weighs more than 50,000 kg. 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 Defence Ministry, and it was the Agni V’s ninth flight since it was originally tested in 2012.
Agni-V, which can strike in Han main land China beyond Buddhist Tibet and Sunni Muslim Xinjiang, has the range to deter any Chinese misadventure, but the DRDO is still waiting for the Modi administration’s approval before deploying the 5000 km range K-submarine launched ballistic missile to complete the nuclear triad.The Agni-V programme aims to increase India’s nuclear deterrence against China, which is reported to possess missiles with ranges between 12,000 and 15,000 kilometres like the Dongfeng-41.
According to the individuals described above, the missile’s introduction into the Strategic Forces Command, which oversees India’s strategic assets, is made possible by the missile’s successful test firing.Targets can be hit with an incredibly high degree of accuracy by the missile. It is 17 metres tall and can carry warheads weighing 1.5 tonnes.
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