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India on Monday conducted a successful test of its nuclear-capable Agni-IV ballistic missile. A brief statement from the Department of Defense said the missile’s “practice launch” occurred around 7:30 p.m. The missile is said to have a range of around 4,000 kilometers and is widely believed to be part of India’s deterrent against China. Agni and Prithvi are the country’s two main series of short- and medium-range nuclear-capable missiles.

The missile test was conducted on Monday from a missile launch site – named after Indian missile pioneer Abdul Kalam – south of Baleswar in the Indian state of Odisha. The Indian military said in a press release that the test ran without any major problems and was deemed a success: “The successful test was part of the routine training launches that were carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Armed Forces Command.”

According to the military, all operating parameters and the reliability of the system were checked during the launch. The launch demonstrated the “reliability of the system” and reaffirmed New Delhi’s “credible minimum deterrence capability.”

The test launch of the rocket took place in the middle of the ongoing border dispute between India and China in the eastern region of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh. India had steadily built up its military might in recent years and conducted a number of successful missile tests. The Agni-IV is the fourth variant of an Agni ballistic missile series (Agni-I to -V) developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). It is a medium-range missile that can hit targets at a distance of up to 4,000 kilometers and carry warheads as a payload with a mass of up to 1,000 kilograms.

New Delhi has also conducted successful tests since 2012 of the Agni-V and later the Agni-VI, ICBMs with ranges over 5,500 km (Agni-VI with ranges up to 10,000 km), the last of which Test took place at the end of last year. As one of the few nations that has its own so-called “nuclear triad” – i.e. nuclear weapons that can be fired on land, at sea and in the air – India has recently invested even more in the development of new weapon systems.

Last month, the country successfully fired an extended-range version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for sea targets from a fighter jet.
It was the first launch of the long-range version of the BrahMos missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet. A test of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on April 27 was also successful, according to the Indian armed forces.

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