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India successfully tests Nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile Agni V

Defense Ministry sources said that this is the ninth flight of Agni-V. This was another routine test of this missile which was first tested in 2012.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Agni V ballistic missile at night. This missile can hit a target at a distance of more than 5000 km. Defense Ministry sources said on Thursday that the test was carried out to validate the new technologies and equipment on the missile and it has been proved that the missile can now hit targets at a longer distance than earlier.

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The intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile was test-fired from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. This test has been done a few days after the skirmishes between Chinese and Indian soldiers, but it was planned earlier.

India had already announced its intention to test-fire the long-range missile and issued a notice to the airmen much before the incident at Tawang in Arunachal.

Defense Ministry sources said that this is the ninth flight of Agni-V. This was another routine test of this missile which was first tested in 2012.

With incursions into Arunachal, China last week tried to “unilaterally change the status quo” at the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control, injuring soldiers on both sides, the government said. The attempt was successfully foiled.

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The incident is considered the most serious along the disputed border of the nuclear-armed Asian giants since 2020, when 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers were killed in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

China and India fought a war in 1962 over control of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as its entirety and considers part of Tibet. The clash in Tawang followed joint military exercises between India and the United States last month in Uttarakhand, which borders China, irking Beijing.

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