“Warning signal” to China
India tests nuclear-capable missile
Tensions between China and India have been rising since last year’s bloody clashes. After reports of China’s hypersonic missile tests, New Delhi is now following suit. The military fires a nuclear-capable “Agni-5”.
India has tested a nuclear-capable missile with a range of up to 5,000 kilometers. The Agni-5 missile was fired from an island off India’s east coast late Wednesday and fell into the Bay of Bengal, the Defense Ministry said.
India has fired a 17-meter “Agni-5” rocket, which can be equipped with a nuclear warhead, several times for test purposes. Now the military is conducting tests at night for the first time. Indian media reports speak of a “warning signal” to China.
Tensions between the two nuclear powers have risen in recent months after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes in the Himalayas in June 2020. It was the worst incident in a border conflict between the two countries in decades. Since then, China and India have deployed tens of thousands of additional troops to secure their borders.
Recently, China’s alleged hypersonic missile test caused a stir. While the United States spoke of “deeply worrying” events, Beijing denied the reports. Instead, it is a routine test of “reusable space technology”.
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