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India Missile Test Puts Nuke ICBM in Range of Influence

India Missile Test Puts Nuke ICBM in Range of Influence

A surface-to-surface Agni-V missile launches from India's Wheeler Island back in April. (Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation/DRDO/Handout via Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:21 PM

India's missile test on Thursday was proclaimed a success by officials, with the nuke-capable Agni-V ICBM passing its "first pre-induction trial" and getting within its 3,100-mile range.

The New Indian Express reported the Agni-V now has the capacity to reach all Asian countries and parts of Africa and Europe. The missile can deliver a payload of 1.5 tons.

The Agni-V ICBM topped the range of the Agni-IV missile, which reportedly had a range of about 2,500 miles, the Times of India reported, adding that both rockets have ranges that could breach China's borders.

India's defense ministry called the test successful in a Twitter post.

The three-stage missile took off from Abdul Kalam Island, a part of Integrated Test Range, about 9:50 a.m. local time, dropping a stage over the Bay of Bengal, The New Indian Express reported.

"The test was highly successful as Agni-V demonstrated the maturity, repeatability and robustness of the system, paving the way for initiation of its production and subsequent induction," an Indian defense official told The New Indian Express.

"We are ready to go further and the system has to get inducted fast. Three consecutive success of the canisterized version of the missile has proved the designs are just perfect and the system is matured. Now the missile is ready for the production," the official added.

Sources told the Times that the missile will undergo one more pre-induction trial "within this year" before it joins the Agni-V regiment.

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India's missile test on Thursday was proclaimed a success by officials, with the nuke-capable ICBM passing its "first pre-induction trial" and reportedly reaching its 3,100-mile range.
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