Thursday, April 19, 2012
India test-fired a nuclear-capable, long-range missile capable of reaching deep inside China and Europe Thursday, television stations showed, putting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear defense capabilities.
A scientist at the launch site said the launch was successful, minutes after television images showed the rocket blasting through clouds from an island off India’s east coast.
Footage showed the rocket, with a range of more than 3,100 miles, blasting through clouds from an island off India’s east coast. The defense minister said the test was “immaculate.”
“Today’s launch represents another milestone in our quest for our security, preparedness and to explore the frontiers of science,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a congratulatory message to the scientists who developed the rocket.
The Agni-V missile is expected to become fully operational as early as 2014 after several more tests, The Times of India reported. It has a range of more than 3,100 miles, according to a BBC report.
Named after Hindu god of fire
The LA Times reported that the 50-ton, 55-foot three-stage rocket is named after the Hindu god of fire. However, it said the missile had been dubbed the “China killer” by the Indian press.
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