India successfully launched the nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on Monday, boosting the country’s military capabilities significantly.
The “training launch” of the missile was carried out at around 7:30 p.m., according to a brief statement from the defence ministry.
The missile has a range of roughly 4,000 kilometers and is generally seen as part of India’s deterrence against China, according to reports.
The successful test of Agni-4, according to the defence ministry, reinforces India’s policy of possessing a “credible minimum deterrence capability.”
The ministry stated, “A successful training launch of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-4, was carried out at approximately 1930 hours on June 6 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.”
“The successful test was carried out as part of routine user training launches under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command,” the statement stated.
The launch, according to the ministry, validated all operational parameters as well as the system’s reliability.
“The successful test reinforces India’s strategy of possessing a ‘credible minimum deterrence capability,'” the statement stated.
The missile’s test came amid India’s ongoing border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh.
Over the previous few years, India has steadily increased its overall military capability.
During this time, it has successfully tested a variety of missiles.
India successfully tested an extended range variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter jet earlier this month.
It was the first time the extended-range BrahMos missile was launched from a Su-30MKI aircraft.
On April 27, the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command successfully test-fired an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.