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India to test nuclear missile that can hit Beijing

April 18, 2012 Comments off

Associated Press

This Agni-IV nuclear-capable missile is a forerunner of the Agni-V, which India plans to test as early as this week. This Agni-IV nuclear-capable missile is a forerunner of the Agni-V, which India plans to test as early as this week. (Saurabh Das/AP Photo)

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is planning to test launch a new nuclear-capable missile that for the first time would give it the capability of hitting the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The government has hailed the Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a major boost to its efforts to counter China’s regional dominance and become an Asian power in its own right. The test launch was slated to come as early as Wednesday evening, but Indian media said a delay was likely because of poor weather conditions.

“It will be a quantum leap in India’s strategic capability,” said Ravi Gupta, spokesman for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, which built the missile.

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