India first tested a nuclear-insertable long-range missile that could reach targets in Europe and China. According to the government of the trial was a success. The country could soon be among the few states that have nuclear ICBMs.
New Delhi – The nuclear-armed India first tested a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile from its own production. The missile “Agni V” should be able to carry nuclear warheads up to 5,000 miles.
The rocket of the type “Agni V” was fired on Thursday from the test site on Wheeler’s Iceland before the East Indian coast, told the NDTV news channel.The rocket is 17 meters long according to official figures, and 50 tons. You can make a nuclear warhead with a weight of carrying more than one ton.
With the successful development of the missile would India are among the few countries that have nuclear long-range missiles. According to evidence-only the permanent members have the UN Security Council USA, Russia, China, Britain and France such systems.
The first test was successful early on Thursday after government data. It was a “perfect success” and a “significant milestone in the Indian missile program,” the defense minister AK Antony said, according to his spokesman. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated the scientists responsible for the missile program to a successful start.
The rocket had reached an altitude of more than 600 kilometers, said the head of the Indian organization for research and development in the defense sector (DRDO), Vijay Saraswat. All three stages had worked and that the charge would be distributed according to plan. “India has risen to a great start with this missile force,” he said.
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The government had described the missile as an important milestone in its efforts to put a counterweight to Chinese domination in the region. “It is a quantum leap for India’s strategic capabilities,” a spokesman said before the start of the DRDO.
The nuclear-armed India is investing heavily in armaments and modernizing their armed forces, especially in light of the technologically advanced missile systems in China. The long-range missile could reach her, according to experts in theory meet all targets in China and throughout Asia and various European countries. DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta stressed that the missile was a “national non-specific” deterrent.
Last week had seen a failed missile test by North Korea’s international excitement. Unlike North Korea, India is the largest democracy in the world but as a reliable and responsible government. India does not follow first-strike doctrine and always stressed that nuclear weapons were used only as a deterrent and defense.
So far, the most powerful range of Indian missiles (“Agni III” and “Agni IV”) is limited to 3,500 kilometers. Thus, the whole neighboring Pakistan was already covered, which also has nuclear weapons. The arch-enemies India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947 have resulted in three wars against each other.
The “Agni V” – Agni means fire in Hindi and – in New Delhi at least four times to be tested before they are expected to be introduced in 2014 or 2015 in the armed forces must, according to the Defense Department. Its development cost the equivalent of around 370 million €.
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