India Test Fires Nuclear-Capable ICBM, Poses Major Threat To China

On Thursday, India successfully conducted the “first pre-induction trial” of its over 5,000-km range Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), reported The Times of India.

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The nuclear-capable ICBM paves the way for India to join an "elite" group of countries who can strap a nuclear bomb to an ICBM and fling it across the globe. More importantly, the development has dramatically changed the calculus of war and nuclear deterrence balance of power between India and China, putting most of China’s critical assets, including the coastal cities in range.

The ICBM, called Agni-V, was launched on Thursday from Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha State in eastern India, flying for about 19-minutes with a range of 3,000 miles.

The Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “We have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V today.”

According to The Times of India’s sources, "The country’s most formidable missile will undergo one more such pre-induction trial within this year before it is inducted into the Agni-V regiment already raised by the tri-Service Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with the requisite command and control structures."

With the Agni-V, India is now a member of the "nuclear club" of countries with ICBMs with a range of over  5,000km such as the U.S., Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom. The motive behind India’s development of the long-range ICBM is to deter the threat of an aggressive and expansionist China, which already has an arsenal of ICBMs.

The Times of India provides further insight on the nuclear capabilities of the Angi-V:

The over 50-tonne Agni-V, designed to carry a 1.5-tonne nuclear warhead, has been tested four times in “developmental or experimental trials” earlier. The missile was tested in an “open configuration” in April 2012 and September 2013, while it was test-fired from hermetically sealed canisters mounted on transport-cum-tilting launcher trucks in January 2015 and December 2016.

"The missile’s flight performance was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission. All mission objectives were successfully met. This successful test of Agni-V reaffirms the country’s indigenous missile capabilities and further strengthens our credible deterrence," said a defense ministry official.

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) called Strategic Nuclear Command of India already has regiments of the Prithvi-II (350-km), Agni-I (700-km), Agni-II (2,000-km) & Agni-III (3,000-km) missiles, which are meant to deter Pakistan. On the other hand, the Agni-IV (4,000-km) and Agni-V (over 5,000-km), have been developed to keep China in check.

“Though the missile could theoretically hit Beijing, India’s missile technique is far below the standard,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.

While China has criticized India’s development of the Angi-V, India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, celebrated on Twitter that the launch “makes every Indian very proud” and will “boost our strategic defense.”

The Indian National Congress party wrote on Twitter, “This is the culmination of a multi-decade effort under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme started in 1982 by the then Prime Minister, Smt Indira Gandhi.”

We expect that an angry verbal Chinese response, most likely in the Global Times, is imminent.

Full press statement on the fifth flight test of the Agni-V ICBM.

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giovanni_f D503 Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:02 Permalink

Modi: A deep complex-of-inferiority stricken ex-chai-wallah and Hindu-extremist. Just google "RSS-Modi+Gujarat". Used as a demonitizing-pioneer by the western central banking junta. Likes Nukes. Hates Pakistan and China. An ideal character to be manipulated into constant aggression against what the US junta and Israel perceive as their enemies. There will be no happy end.

But it is good to find this totalitarian shithole country labeled "soylant-green" on a liberal US think tank's "freedom" chart.

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TxExPat Luc X. Ifer Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:16 Permalink

"Blade Runner" based on a short novel "Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep".

Earth was a mess in the novel, "Asia" (India/China/Russia/Nooks/Whoever else lived there) chucked a few rounds of nukes at each other, as well as un-leashing a few slower moving but just as deadly biological agents out of the labs.  Cities in the west were not "nuked" but were getting rapidly depopulated due to fallout and Germs.  (in the Novel, space travel was possible, and the general population in the west was being slowly evacuated to other more inhabitable planets, not an option we'd actually have...).  (The movie had empty buildings in the cities, and the blimps extorting the virtues of "the off world colonies", but didn't go deeply into the back story from the book).  In the book, there wasn't much need to evacuate the population in Asia was there pretty much wasn't anybody left there... 

I do think that if anybody launches in Asia, some very old scores are going to be settled, and nobody will show much restraint after the first round...

 

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zorba THE GREEK zorba THE GREEK Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:39 Permalink

We will all go together when we go,                                    All subfused with an incandescent glow,                             There will be no more misery, when the world is our rotisserie,  We will all die together when we die,                                   We'll be french fried potatoes, by and bye.         No one will have the endurance to collect on their insurance, Lloyds of London will be loaded when we go.          Who remembers that song and what was the name of the guy who performed it......?

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MK ULTRA Alpha Troll Magnet Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:28 Permalink

India needed this, it means for the first time all of China is in range. India is preparing to defend against a Chinese Pakistani invasion, China has been negating Indian nuclear strike capability by deploying the most modern anti-ballistic missile defense systems around key targets. The latest radar, the specific anti-missile batteries to challenge India's nuclear strike. India was behind, but now, Indian capability isn't limited by range.

Another more secret Indian development is production of neutron bombs to counter a Chinese invasion. China plans to use Pakistan on the west flanks while East India is invaded from China in the north. The purpose of seizing East India is for the vast undeveloped raw materials, hydrocarbons, and access to ports on the Indian ocean.

Also, India is having problems with it's weapons supplier Russia. India is buying over hundred French built fighters, most advanced French fighter as a backup for the recently purchased Russian fighter, touted as Russia's most advanced fighter. The most advanced Russian fighter is down for maintenance too often.

India is preparing to move closer to the US and the US is reciprocating with cuts to Pakistani aid and ties. Chinese technical personnel are now on the Pakistani Indian border working with the Pakistani army, upgrading with high tech sensors, weapons and optics, this is happening not just on the Pakistani side, but all along the border with China. The Chinese are building sensor arrays for monitoring and controlling movement, electronic sensors, advanced optics, satellite connectivity and more troops and aircraft.

A war is planned for the Indian sub continent, India faces China and proxy Pakistan. China is openly building up, working with proxy Pakistan, and threatening to seize more territory from India. Will India fold like in the past and give up huge amounts of Indian controlled territory or will India fight?

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52821740 Pliskin Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:11 Permalink

Toilets? Can't even get toilet paper.  I'm currently traveling around India and when I asked a hotel for toilet paper they flatly said no and told me 'use water '.  They eat with their right hand. Thought i could buy some in the supermarket but the answer is no again.  They probably have in the major cities I guess.  But after 3 weeks and 7 towns I've seen it twice but in tourist areas. 

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Ink Pusher MK ULTRA Alpha Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:13 Permalink

Holy shit, what a waste of resources.

If they wanna go at it, more power to them all.

We should stay out of it and let the fucking EU play holy warrior while we sell all the dumb fucks tons of weapons and get rich.

All you are doing is setting the stage for an imminent mass immigration scenario to North America if we stick our nose into this scenario of yours.

I've been in play against the MIC for years,I can tell you from personal experience it's an exercise in futility.

Make what you can and get the fuck out as fast and as quietly as possible, your likelihood of survival shortens every time you go long in this game.

 

 

 

 

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JimmyJones Mustahattu Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

I doubt it's playing them into mutual war it's more like making sure no side has clear advantage. That could bring stability. Because India is in the cusp of doing what China did about 25 or so ago years, start a massive modernization / industrialization. Providing opportunity as well as a check to China. 

Also with the large and mostly successful Indian / American population (they move up the social ladder in about 2, generations from 711 workers to doctors) the US is positioned as a natural Allie

Demographically China is Screwed, the one child policy is biting them in the Butt. They have a aging population and way too much housing for a aging population. 

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koan Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:43 Permalink

Honestly... a limited nuke war, and a continuous ground war would go a long way to reducing the human population of those countries.

Jeffersonian Liberal koan Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

And stupid India proudly remained a part of the BRICS association. They even went so far as to throw in with removing the USD from its place in the world reserve currencies.

They sided with the ChiComs because they thought that would be best for them. With friends like that...

Fuck them all.

Let them all nuke the hell out of each other.

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