- The Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command successfully tested a version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that could hit ships.
- The defence ministry said that the successful test of Agni V is in line with the country's state policy to have "credible minimum deterrence," which emphasises the commitment to "No First Use."
India successfully tested its nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni V at night on Thursday. The missile can hit targets more than 5,000 kilometres away with a very high level of accuracy.
The test was done to prove that the missile’s new technologies and equipment, which make it lighter than before, worked.
This was the latest test in the series of Agni missiles, and defence sources said that the test showed that the range of the Agni V missile could be increased.
The test trials come after a fight between Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh, which happened near the border with China.
Around 5:30 p.m., the missile test firing took place from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
Things to know about India’s test fires of missiles:
1. Agni IV can hit targets up to 4,000 km away, while Agni III can hit targets up to 3,000 km away and Agni II can fly up to 2,000 km.
2. In June of this year, India’s military was given a boost by the night tests of the Agni IV ballistic missile.
3. In May, India tested the BrahMos missile with a longer range by firing it from a Su-30MKI plane. A month earlier, the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command successfully tested a version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that could hit ships.
4. The defence ministry said that the successful test of Agni V is in line with the country’s state policy to have “credible minimum deterrence,” which emphasises the commitment to “No First Use.”
5. India had the last Agni V test launch in October of last year.