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India Launches Agni-5 Nuclear ICBM in Successful Test

Sputnik News

14:40 31.01.2015(updated 14:52 31.01.2015)

India has successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable long-range missile that has been dubbed the 'China-killer.'

MOSCOW, January 31 (Sputnik) – India successfully test-launched the nuclear-capable, 5,000 kilometer-range Agni-5 missile, according to Indian news channel NDTV.

'The missile, witnessed a flawless 'auto launch' and detailed results will be known after all data retrieved from different radars and network systems,' the Integrated Test Range director MVKV Prasad said, the Hindustan Times reported.

The missile has been dubbed the "China-killer" by media, as it is capable of hitting major Chinese cities such as Beijing.

The test launch was conducted from a mobile launcher, in the third such test since April 2012, according to the newspaper

The Agni-5 missile, which can reach as far a Eastern China, according to NDTV, significantly boosts India's military capability, as it can carry a 1,000 kilogram nuclear payload.


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