NEW DEHLI: India on Wednesday claimed to have successfully test fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The newest addition to Indian Agni Series, the Agni-II is a ballistic missile capable of 1,000 kg load over a distance of 2,000 kilometres. The missile may be ballistic but it is nuclear equipped.
The Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been introduced into the services.
The Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command(SFC) is responsible for test firing the nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Tuesday. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher on the island of Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coastline.
Logistic support was provided by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
India claimed back in January to have successfully test-fired its longest-range nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. It had a strike range of 5,000 kilometres.
India has not yet signed the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty(NPT) preventing the manufacturing of nuclear arms and the use of nuclear arms on United Nations(UN) member countries. India regards the NPT as biased.