By Balogun Alabi,
The Indian Defense Ministry said that it has successfully test-fired its Agni-V long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), adding that the nuclear weapon was its most advanced missile.
It was learnt that the ICBM was fired on Thursday morning off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, which was said to be a major boost to the country’s defense capabilities
According to the ministry, the country currently has no fewer than 120 to 130 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, which indicates its advancement.
India disclosed that the missile had been tested for more than five times since 2012, and that the launch drew the ire of India’s two most important geostrategic adversaries: Pakistan and China.
While commenting on the development on Thursday, the ministry explained that relations between Beijing and New Delhi deteriorated significantly in 2017, after a border dispute in the Himalayan region of Doklam occurred between both countries.
Also, the launch was said to have came during one of India’s flagship geopolitical conferences, themed, the Raisina Dialogue 2018.
The ministry said that the test took place during a panel titled: “Nuclear Unpredictability: Managing the Global Nuclear Framework.”
However, an associate professor of political science in the country, said that the timing of the launch was very interesting.