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India Tests Long-Range, Nuclear-Capable Missile

A surface-to-surface Agni V missile was first launched by India in mid-April 2012, from Wheeler Island off the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
India has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing the country a step closer to production of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Ravi Kumar Gupta, a spokesman for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, says the Agni-V missile hit a target as planned on September 15.

He said the test "met all mission objectives."

It was the second time India has test fired an Agni-V missile.

India is trying to develop a viable nuclear deterrent and keep up with China’s growing military strength.

New Delhi also is worried about Pakistan’s growing nuclear arsenal and missiles, raising concerns about an escalating South Asian nuclear arms race.

Earlier versions of India’s Agni missile were capable of reaching Pakistan and western China.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS