India successfully tests nuke missile

India test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V

India Tested An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

India successfully test-fired a long-range nuclear-capable missile on Thursday from an island in the Bay of Bengal. The three-stage missile zoomed to a height of over 600km in its parabolic trajectory and then splashed down around 4,900km away towards Australia in the Indian Ocean barely 19 minutes later.

Thursday's test involved a canister from a road-mobile launcher, giving the military the option of quickly transporting the missile to another place if necessary, according to the Times of India. Though Agni 5 is said to have a range of 5,000 kms, its range has been a contentious issue.

Less than a week after North Korea's unsuccessful satellite launch, India has managed a "flawless" test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The Defense Ministry called the test a "major boost" to the country's defense capabilities.

Agni-5 is most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

It was sacked from a small island Thursday morning and will face one more test later this year before becoming fully operational, the Times of India reported.

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The missile is so programmed that after reaching the peak of its trajectory it will turn towards Earth to continue its journey towards the intended target with an increased speed due to the attraction of the earth's gravitational pull, he said.

After initial tests, the missile would be finalized and produced at a large scale, and will become a fighting force in the coming years, he added.

The first two successful flights of Agni-5 in 2012 and 2013 were in open configuration.

New Delhi hope the test will successfully confirm their ability to fire a ICBM more than 5,000 km (3,100 miles).

Sources told the Times that the missile will undergo one more pre-induction trial "within this year" before it joins the Agni-V regiment.

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