India tests nuclear-capable balistic missiles

15:42, 18 December 2021
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India's strategic forces have successfully tested the new Agni Prime (Agni-P), a new medium-range ballistic missile, land-based, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Indian authorities said.

The missile was launched with a range of 2 thousand km from the test site on the Indian island of Abdul Kalam in the Bay of Bengal.

The Indian military reported that all tasks were completed during the test.

This is the second launch of a two-stage solid-propellant rocket as the first was carried out on June 28. It was developed based on the Agni-II ballistic missile, but it has a more advanced guidance system, high accuracy, and is capable of carrying a multiple-warhead with two individually guided warheads with a total weight of up to three tons. The Agni-P missile should replace the Agni-I and Agni-II missiles.

The first test of the longest-range missile, the Agni V, was carried out back in 2012. The local media outlets reported the entire territory of China and other remote territories in Asia are located in the affected area of ​​this missile. Thus, India entered the club of states possessing this type of strategic weapons. It currently includes Russia, the United States, China, Great Britain, and France.