India has successfully rehearsed its Agni V ballistic missile with nuclear capability and a range of about 5,000 kilometers from an island in the eastern state of Orissa.
“I congratulate the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the successful launch of Agni V, which enhances our strategic and deterrent capabilities”, said Indian President Pranab Mukherjee through his Twitter account, Quoted by the Spanish agency Efe.
The launch of the state-of-the-art Indian nuclear missile is taking place in the context of a month-long surge in tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, the disputed region among archrival neighbors in northern India.
The launch took place at 11:05 am local time (06:35 in Portugal) and subsequent analyzes showed that the trial was successfully completed, according to an official source in statements to the Indian news agency IANS.
This is the fourth and last test launch of the Agni V intercontinental missile, which is 17 meters high and 2 meters in diameter, capable of reaching targets anywhere in Asia and in certain places in Africa and Europe, said the same source of information.
The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than 1 ton and weighs about 560 tons and previous Agni V trials have taken place in the years 2012, 2013 and 2015.
India is currently studying and developing another long-range missile, Agni VI, which is capable of carrying several nuclear warheads for multiple attacks.
India has nurtured since its independence an arms race with neighboring Pakistan, which also possesses nuclear weapons, but in recent years it has focused on accompanying the deterrent power of China, a country with which it also maintains border disputes.