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India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile

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Defense Ministry says ‘successful test reaffirms India’s policy of having a Credible Minimum deterrence capability’

India successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable, long-range ballistic missile on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.

“A successful training launch of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-4, was carried out at approximately 1930 hours on June 06, 2022, from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha (eastern India),” the ministry said in a statement.

“The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command,” it added. “The launch validated all operational parameters as also the reliability of the system.”

The test “reaffirms India’s policy of having a ‘Credible Minimum Deterrence’ Capability,” the ministry also said.

Agni-IV is a nuclear-capable, long-range, surface to surface ballistic missile with a range of 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles).

Late April, India successfully test-fired an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. In the same month, the Indian Air Force test-fired the BrahMos missile from a Sukhoi fighter jet on the eastern seaboard.

In March, India successfully tested the accuracy of an extended-range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile launched from Chennai, a stealth guided missile destroyer of the Indian Navy.

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