“Can strike all over China”… India successfully test-fires a 5,000km-range missile

Indian military long-range missile Agni-5 on display. [사진=연합뉴스]

Indian military long-range missile Agni-5 on display. [사진=연합뉴스]

湲 蹂肄

[아시아경제 황수미 기자] India, which is in conflict with China over border issues, said it has successfully completed a test of a missile with a range of 5,000 km that can strike all of China.

According to local media such as NDTV on the 28th (local time), the Agni-5, classified as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, eastern India at 7:50 pm the previous day. .

“The Agni-5 fell on a target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high level of precision,” the Ministry of Defense of India said in a statement the night before.

The Agni-5 is the latest version of the Agni series, a ballistic missile system that India has developed in-house since the 1980s. It covers most of Asia including northern China, including Beijing, as well as parts of Africa and Europe.

The Indian military currently possesses Agni-1 missiles with a range of 700 km to Agni-4 with a range of 3,500 to 4,000 km.

The Indian Army has conducted several test launches of the Agni-5 since 2012, and this was the first night test.

Local media said that the Indian military’s ‘missile portfolio’ will be completed when the actual deployment of Agni-5 is completed.

India’s Agni-5 test launch is a strong message for China, NDTV explained. Conflicts between the two countries over borders continue.

India and China even waged a war over border issues in 1962, but they are facing the de facto control line (LAC) as the boundary without determining the border.

In some regions, the LAC claimed by both sides is different, so whenever a dispute arises, the other side is claiming that the other has invaded their territory.

The two countries have clashed several times in Ladakh, northern India, in May of last year, including a scuffle on the Pangon Lake, a ‘clash of sticks’ in the Galwan Valley in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers, and the use of firearms for the first time in 45 years in September.

Since then, both sides have completed their withdrawal near the Pangong Lake in February, but tensions are still lingering in other areas.


Reporter Hwang Su-mi [email protected]


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