With Eye on China, India tests new long-range missile. (ICBM - Eye See Beam)
India on Friday successfully test fired a new missile Capable of Delivering a one-tonne nuclear Warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military Capabilities.
Watched by hundreds of Scientists, the Agni V blasted off shortly after 8:00 am (0230 GMT) from a concrete LaunchPad Wed an island off the eastern state of Orissa.
India views the rocket, Which has a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a key boost its two regional power and aspiration One That Narrows - albeit slightly - the huge gap with China's missile systems.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister AK Antony congratulated the nation's defense Scientists on the successful launch, with Antony calling the achievement "a major miles tone in India's missile program."
The test leaves India knocking at the door of a select club of nations with Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Which Have a minimum range of 5500 kilometers.
Currently only the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - possess a Declared ICBM capability.
"This launch has given a message to the entire world That India has the capability to design, develop, build and manufacture missiles of this class, and we are today a missile power," said VK Saraswat, head of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Which made the missile.
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