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Post time 2012-4-19 18:10:52 |Display all floors
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NEW DELHI — India on Thursday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that landed 20 minutes later in the Indian Ocean.

The 50-ton, 55-foot three-stage Agni V rocket, named after the Hindu god for fire and dubbed the "China killer" by some in India's hyperactive news media, reportedly reached its target at the outer end of its 3,100-mile range, confirming that the weapon system can reach Shanghai and Beijing. It lifted off from an island in the eastern state of Odisha.




Video released shortly after the 8:07 a.m. launch showed the rocket's white exhaust stream searing across an overcast sky. The test missile held a dummy payload, but it reportedly is capable of carrying a 1-ton nuclear warhead. Reporters at the launch site described scientists jumping in the air with delight after the test proved successful.

"It gives India the ability to strike anywhere except the U.S. landmass," said Ajai Shukla, a defense analyst and former army colonel. "They've kept the range down to 5,000 kilometers because they don't want to ring any alarm bells in the U.S."

The results make India the sixth nation with an intercontinental ballistic missile capability, after the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France. Analysts said the mission difficulty was pared down to reduce the risk of failure.

Officials have been keen to emphasize India's "no first strike" policy. But a rapidly expanding economy and New Delhi's status as the world's largest weapons importer have fueled a regional arms competition. India, which is slated to increase defense spending by 13% this year, sees nuclear neighbors Pakistan and China as its greatest threats.

Earlier generations of Agni missiles, developed over the last decade, were capable of striking anywhere in Pakistan, with which India has fought three wars since they gained independence from British rule in 1947.

The extended-range Agni IV and V models are built with China in mind. China defeated India during a short war in 1962, and tension remains high along their disputed 2,100-mile border. By some reports, China has almost 100 short- and medium-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles and about 15 radar stations in Tibet.

Analysts said Thursday's launch — an attempt Wednesday evening was canceled because of bad weather — could give India's unpopular government a short-term political dividend and engender chest thumping in the local media.

"The Agni V is all about political implications," said Pravin Sawhney, editor of Force, a defense publication. "This is seen as a deterrent against China. But China is not worried about one Agni V. It's a puny weapon system."

Analyzing the test, which was monitored by ships and tracking stations along the flight path, could take weeks, and the missile's real capabilities will fully emerge only over the next six to eight expected tests.

The Agni V is India's first three-stage rocket, significantly more complex than earlier, two-stage models. And having been pushed to the limits of its 3,100-mile range, its nose cone and outer surface had to withstand reentry heat as high as 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with about 5,500 degrees for earlier generations. Officials also will be looking closely at how well its navigation systems performed.

The real payoff on the defense front will come in transferring lessons learned about accuracy and range to India's submarine-launched ballistic missiles, analysts said.

India's plans call for a "nuclear triad" in which atomic weapons can be launched from land, sea and air. Last month, India conducted a 420-mile test of its K-15 Sagarika submarine missile. And this month, it inducted a Russian-made nuclear-powered submarine into its navy.

Even before the missile launch, India's news media gushed with pride and excitement.

"Agni V will make the world fear India," the NDTV network wrote on its website. "It travels faster than a bullet.... Why, it can even be launched from a roadside!"

Said competitor Times Now, "This is one of India's biggest moments."

Amid India's pleasure over its entry into the intercontinental ballistic missile club, some voiced concern.

"Bigger missiles, longer ranges; this travels down a road of no return," said Mohan Guruswamy, founder of the Center for Policy Alternatives, a New Delhi think tank.

"It's a mindless game that goes on. Once you're caught in the logic of it, you can't get off."
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Post time 2012-4-19 18:28:17 |Display all floors
Oh, I live in Beijing. I am scared. What are we going to do? Also prepare missiles that can carry nuclear war heads for New Dehli?   

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Post time 2012-4-19 18:33:39 |Display all floors
NE_Tigress Post time: 2012-4-19 18:28
Oh, I live in Beijing. I am scared. What are we going to do? Also prepare missiles that can carry nu ...

Fear not , this was just test missile .........it cost half billion dollars and till they build next one might take time.

anyhow India is building it for rogue state of Kenya , Kenya is building WMDs

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Post time 2012-4-19 18:45:14 |Display all floors
SMITHI Post time: 2012-4-19 18:33
Fear not , this was just test missile .........it cost half billion dollars and till they build ne ...

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Post time 2012-4-19 18:48:02 |Display all floors
NE_Tigress Post time: 2012-4-19 18:45
Thank you.



India and China will be friends , only people that would love to see China and India conflict are USUKIS

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Post time 2012-4-19 18:49:04 |Display all floors
SMITHI Post time: 2012-4-19 18:48
India and China will be friends , only people that would love to see China and India c ...

   

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Post time 2012-4-19 21:45:31 |Display all floors
Elsewhere we read the US State Dept saying India has a solid non-proliferation record.  Here we read that India kept the Agni-V range below 5,000km so as not to alarm the US.  Put together, it means the US had egged India to develop this missile to point at China.

Now it can be asked - if India is non-proliferative, why announce that the missile can hit Shanghai and Beijing?  Why specifically China's cities? China has not said her missiles can hit any Indian cities so why must India be under the sly thumb of US influence to try and do a proxy-encirclement of China with a nuclear strike capability specially designed against her?

The rest of the world should take heed. This is how they start nuclear tensions.  By stating upfront specific targets of highly populated cities of completely friendly innocents.

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