India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
The country was kind enough to announce the test on Thursday, revealing that its Agni-5 "was successfully tested in flight for its full range … by Dr. Abdul Isla Kalam, Odisha." This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive of a container on a mobile road launcher All five missions have been successful. "
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To explain why India launched, the statement added "This successful Agni-5 test reaffirms the country's indigenous missile capabilities and further strengthens our credible deterrence." That deterrence includes the possession of weapons that, given the Agni-5's payload of more than 1,000 kg, can probably now be sent by rocket.
India has been less communicative with information about the range of the missile, but it is widely accepted that it is around 5,000 km. With the possible mobile launches and India with a large amount of land, that is enough to bring to Moscow, Athens, Tokyo, all of China, the entire Middle East and even the US naval base. UU To Diego García.
The rank of Agni-5 is also less than half of the recent launches of North Korea and nobody expects it to throw missiles at any of those places, because it is a stable and peaceful democracy that generally complies with international law. But it is also in an almost permanent state of mid-level conflict with Pakistan, in recent months it has faced China and last year it abstained from a UN vote on the abolition of nuclear weapons. And let's not forget about India's own GPS alternative of seven satellites, launched in part to reduce dependence on satellite facilities from other nations. ®
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