Wheeler Island, Odisha: India has successfully test-launched its long range ballistic missile, Agni-5, which can carry a nuclear warhead in the east as far as all of China and in the west all over Europe. (Analysis: What Agni-V means for India)
The test-launch, done from Wheeler Island at 8:43 am, off the Odisha coast, for the second time in two years, is seen as a major step in India's efforts to become a regional power that can counter the dominance of China.(Pics: Test-launch of Agni-5)
The Agni-5 is about 17 meters long and weighs 50 tons. It is a three-stage missile designed to carry an over 1 ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers, allowing it the farthest reach among all Indian missiles.
India has also proven its ability to launch nuclear missiles from under the sea. Over a dozen successful test of K-15 missiles - nuclear missiles which can be launched from a submarine - have been conducted in the last several years.
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Story First Published:September 15, 2013 07:20 IST