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‘Stern signal to China’: India assessments Agni-5 ballistic missile

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Agni-5 ballistic missile. File photo
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NEW DELHI: India has examined a ballistic missile able to carrying a nuclear warhead as much as 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), the defence ministry mentioned, in what media known as a “stern signal” to China as the 2 stay locked in a border spat.

The Agni-5 missile blasted off from Abdul Kalam Island off India’s east coast late Wednesday and splashed into the Bay of Bengal.

“The successful test … is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’ [of nuclear weapons],” a defence ministry assertion mentioned.

The 17-metre-tall missile has been examined a number of instances earlier than, however not at evening, and native media mentioned that the timing was aimed toward sending a sign to Beijing.

Tensions with China have been working excessive since 20 Indian troopers died in clashes on their disputed Himalayas border in June 2020.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have since strengthened the frontier with tens of hundreds of additional troops.

India has deepened defence cooperation with Western nations lately, together with within the Quad alliance with america, Japan and Australia.

New Delhi can also be a significant purchaser of Russian navy {hardware}, and ordered Moscow’s S-400 missile defence system regardless of the specter of US sanctions over the $5.4 billion deal.

The Monetary Instances reported this month that China had examined a hypersonic missile that circled the Earth at low orbit earlier than descending towards, however lacking, its goal.

Beijing denied the report, insisting it was a routine take a look at of a reusable house automobile.

Hypersonics are the brand new frontier in missile know-how, as a result of they fly decrease and are more durable to detect than ballistic missiles, can attain targets extra shortly, and are manoeuvrable.

America, Russia, China and North Korea have all examined hypersonic missiles and several other others are creating the know-how — together with reportedly India.

Based on the Instances of India, New Delhi is engaged on enabling the Agni-5 to hold a number of nuclear warheads without delay to allow them to break up up and hit totally different targets.

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