The Agni-5 missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. (File)

New Delhi:

India successfully test-fired surface-to surface ballistic missile, Agni-5, from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha today.

In a strong message to its neighboring country China, India launched the Agni-5 missile which uses a three-stage solid fueled engine and is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometers with a very high degree of accuracy.

The missile broadly falls into the category of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. The launch took place at 7:50pm today.

The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have “credible minimum deterrence” that underpins the commitment to “No First Use.”

The missile is the bedrock of India’s nuclear deterrent along with submarine-based nuclear missiles, which had not yet been tested to anywhere close to this range.

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