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India test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile
India test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile
Published at: 5 month(s) ago

New Delhi: India on Thursday test-fired a nuclear-capable Agni-V inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a strike range of over 5,000-8,000 km, Indian media reported.

The missile was launched from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast and has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to Indian media, Agni-V is capable of carrying nuclear or traditional warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.

The three-stage, 17.5-metre tall and two-metre wide Agni-V weighs around 50 tonnes. Accuracy level of the missile is far higher than three earlier variants – Agni-II, Agni-III and Agni-IV.

After its induction, India will join the super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.

India is to restart talks with Israel over a cancelled deal to buy anti-tank missiles, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

New Delhi had suspended the $500 million (417 million euro) deal to buy the Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel s state-owned defence contractor Rafael after apparently deciding to manufacture the equipment at home.

But Netanyahu, in India on the first visit by an Israeli premier in 15 years, said his Indian counterpart had agreed to review the 2014 agreement.

Netanyahu said in a statement, "Following the talks I had with my friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track".

"This is very important and there will be many more deals."

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