India has efficiently test-fired its Agni-V long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, the Indian Defense Ministry stated in a tweet Thursday.
The nuclear-capable Agni-V is believed to be India’s most superior ICBM missile.
This is the third profitable Agni-V launch.https://t.co/BgAWt5nJST
— India Today (@IndiaToday) January 18, 2018
It was fired Thursday morning India time on Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the jap state of Odisha.
The ministry known as the take a look at a “major boost” to the nation’s protection capabilities. India is believed to have about 120 to 130 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, in response to the Federation of American Scientists.
The missile has been examined 5 occasions since 2012, with the newest take a look at previous to Thursday coming in December 2016. That launch drew the ire of India’s two most vital geostrategic adversaries: Pakistan and China.
Relations between Beijing and New Delhi deteriorated considerably in 2017 following a border dispute within the Himalayan area of Doklam.
The launch additionally comes throughout certainly one of India’s flagship geopolitical conferences, the Raisina Dialogue 2018. The take a look at occurred throughout a panel titled: “Nuclear Unpredictability: Managing the Global Nuclear Framework.”
Vipin Narang, an affiliate professor of political science at MIT who nuclear proliferation, known as the timing of the launch very attention-grabbing.
“This is a long-known maturing capability,” Narang stated on Twitter.