India test-fires missile amid perceived threats from China, Pakistan

India's nuclear-capable Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometres, lifts off from Wheeler Island off the east coast on 19 April 2012. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations for a new global treaty banning nuclear weapons.

India's nuclear-capable Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometres, lifts off from Wheeler Island off the east coast on 19 April 2012. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations for a new global treaty banning nuclear weapons. File photo/AP

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NEW DELHI, India, 18 January 2018

India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defence ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighbouring Pakistan and China.

The 5,000-km range (3,107-mile) Agni missile was tested from an island in India’s eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said on its official Twitter account.

It said the launch was “a major boost to the defence capabilities” of India.

The Agni-V is an advanced version of the indigenously built Agni, or Fire, series, part of a programme that started in the 1980s. It has been tested previously before.

New Delhi says it faces a twin threat from both bitter foe Pakistan, which is developing a nuclear and missile programme of its own, as well as China. A long-running dispute over the Himalayan border with China has flared in recent years.


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