India's Agni-5 missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometres, is a response to China's Dongfeng-41 missile.
In the middle of the eastern Ladakh dispute, India successfully test-fired the Agni-5 surface-to-surface strategic missile, which can hit targets at ranges of up to 5,000 km with a high degree of accuracy.
Officials said the nuclear-capable missile was tested at around 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. The Agni 5 programme aims to improve India's nuclear deterrence against China, which has missiles with ranges of 12,000-15,000 kilometres, such as the Dongfeng-41.The Agni 5 intercontinental ballistic missile project began almost a decade ago, and the missile has already been tested seven times. According to sources acquainted with the development, this was the first user experiment of the missile, which has the capability of targeting China's far north.
The successful test-firing of the missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), took place in eastern Ladakh, amid a persistent border dispute with China.The Agni 1 through 4 missiles have ranges ranging from 700 to 3,500 kilometres and are already in use. The Agni 5 programme was designed to improve India's nuclear deterrence against China.
The DRDO successfully test-fired a new generation of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles of the 'Agni' class with a range of up to 2,000 kilometres in June. The 'Agni Prime' missile incorporates a number of modern technologies, including engine systems, unique guidance and control mechanisms, and cutting-edge navigation systems.