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India capable of striking China's Beijing and Shanghai

19.04.2012  |  10:21

India announced the successful test launch Thursday of a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it the capability of striking the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai for the first time.

AP photo India announced the successful test launch Thursday of a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it the capability of striking the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai for the first time.The Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), still requires a battery of tests before it can be inducted into India's arsenal. But officials hailed the successful launch as a major boost to the country's efforts to counter China's regional dominance and become a respected world power in its own right."The nation stands tall today," Defense Minister A.K. Antony said, according to the Press Trust of India, says ABC News."The test launch of Agni-V missile has been postponed till tomorrow due to safety reasons. The test has been cancelled as there is heavy lightening in the test range," a defence ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.The test flight of the first-of-its-kind missile was to take place from Wheeler Island, about 150 km from Bhubaneswar, around 8 pm.

If Agni-V is fired off the test range on Bay of Bengal, it would take 20 minutes to reach its target area beyond Indonesia in southern Indian Ocean, sources added, according to Times of India. India's Agni 5, a multimillion-dollar project, can hit targets in all of Asia, Africa and Europe. It weighs about 50 tons, measures 17 meters long, reaches 480 miles into the sky and, at speeds of 4,200 miles per hour, travels faster than a bullet.  It can also be launched from a roadside mobile platform."We have achieved exactly what we wanted to achieve in this mission," Avinash Chandra, mission director for the test, told the Times Now news channel on Thursday.China has a missile that can hit targets to at least 6,000 miles, and Pakistan's missile capacity is to at least  720 miles."India has two nuclear armed adversaries and needs to create minimal deterrence," said Wing Cmdr. Ajey Lele, an expert of strategic technologies at the government aided Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi. The Agni 5 will be ready for operational use by 2014, informs New York Times.  .



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