Thursday, April 19, 2012

India tests new long-range missile

India test launched a new nuclear-capable missile on Thursday that would give it, for the first time, the capability of striking the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai, according to television news channels. 

BHUBANESWAR, India (AFP) - India successfully test-fired a new long-range missile on Thursday capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in regional rival China and countries outside Asia.

The 17-metre Agni V, with a range of more than 5,000km, was launched at 8.05am (10.35am Singapore time) from a test site off the eastern state of Orissa.
India and China fought a brief but bloody war in 1962, and 15 rounds of talks on their frontier disputes have yielded no progress, amid fears in New Delhi that Beijing is becoming increasingly assertive about its territorial claims.
It was an 'immaculate success' and 'a major milestone in India's missile programme", Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in comments released by his spokesman.

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