India successfully test-fired long-range nuclear-capable missile
19 January, 2018
India successfully test-fired a long-range nuclear-capable missile on Thursday from an island in the Bay of Bengal. The test, the fifth of the Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile, was made from a mobile launcher, and “further strengthens our credible deterrence”, the Indian defence ministry said in a statement.
India has been developing its nuclear and missile systems in recent years amid increasing strategic competition with China. The test was “a major boost to country's defence capabilities”, the ministry said.
Beijing's powerful missile arsenal has driven New Delhi to improve its weapons systems in recent years, with the Agni-5 believed to be able to strike nearly all of China.