India to test new long-range nuclear missile this week

By AFP
Published: April 16, 2012

India hopes this week to join the select group of countries with intercontinental missiles by holding the first test flight of a new long-range nuclear-capable rocket.

NEW DELHI: India hopes this week to join the select group of countries with intercontinental missiles by holding the first test flight of a new long-range nuclear-capable rocket, officials said Monday.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has scheduled a maiden launch of the Agni-V missile, which has a range of more than 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), between Wednesday and Friday.

The exact launch date is flexible “because this is our longest-range missile and there are many logistics issues and hence we don’t plan for one day,” DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta told AFP.

In the latest display of India’s growing military might, the test of the indigenously-developed Agni-V will be carried out from a coastal range in the eastern state of Orissa.

“Agni-V is a 5,000-plus kilometre range missile and it is to meet our present-day threat perceptions, which are determined by our defence forces and other agencies,” Gupta said from the test site.

The planned launch comes four months after India successfully tested the Agni-IV missile, which is capable of travelling 3,500 kilometres.

India is among the world’s top 10 military spenders, with Jane’s Defence Weekly forecasting its total purchases between 2011 and 2015 will top $100 billion.

It traditionally sees neighbours Pakistan and China as its prime external threats.

Military spending was boosted by 17 percent to $40 billion in last month’s budget, following a 12 percent increase the previous year.

The Agni-V would in theory be able to strike targets across Asia and some parts of Europe.

Only China, Russia, France, the United States, Great Britain and Israel are thought to have such long-distance missiles.

India conducted a string of atomic detonations in 1998 and declared itself a nuclear-weapons state but it refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The test plan has not attracted the international criticism aimed at reclusive North Korea, which last week carried out a rocket test that ended in failure.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 16, 2012 - 6:52PM

    We have saying in Hindko lang (Kay Billa ladoo be huey tey) mean how much weight will carry a mail cat if he become a carrier its exectlly applies to india.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 16, 2012 - 6:59PM

    i mean male cat not mail sorry guys.

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  • Faesal
    Apr 16, 2012 - 7:22PM

    What’s with 5000km range? Who these warmongers wanna bombard, Beijing? In their dream, China will tear apart them before these indians even know it.

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  • Atheist, India
    Apr 16, 2012 - 7:44PM

    “The test plan has not attracted the international criticism aimed at reclusive North Korea”
     
    That is all that counts. End of story.

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  • Cautious
    Apr 16, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Waste of resources — why not get the basics like clean drinking water and proper sanitation down before spending money on expensive military toys that will never be used.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Apr 16, 2012 - 7:48PM

    @Faesal We will not bombard China. We just want them to know that in case China attacks India, we will also nuke their cities. Just a way of escalating the cost of Chinese aggression.

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  • Apr 16, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Cautious:

    You are talking absurd mate. Point is, there is already so much money being pushed for better infrastructure & education but not every penny is ulitized efficiently courtsey corruption. So putting in more money wouldn’t really help rather than govt should plan that all these projects/initiatives are implemented in a proper way.

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  • Binbin
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:02PM

    @Cautious:
    How come Pakistanis are so concerned about India’s “wasted resources” ?? Indian’s don’t seem to show the same concern for Pakistan’s “wasted resources” ?

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  • Binbin
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @Ali Tanoli:

    Don’t understand what cats and missile have to do with each other ?? Recommend

  • Nimo
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Why is this even news?!!! If India can send a spacecraft to the moon which is @ 400,000 kms away, then 5000 kms is peanuts.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @Ali Tanoli:

    i mean male cat not mail sorry guys

    Thanks for the correction, but what you said still doesn’t make any sense.
    Anyway, I recommended your comment for the sheer fun of it.

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  • Khan
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @Binbin:

    Indian’s don’t seem to show the same
    concern for Pakistan’s “wasted
    resources” ?

    Dude, Its a waste of resources for not just these two countries but any country … that been said, You need to wake up to the fact that Indians also show a much greater concern over whatever Pakistan does in this field.
    An advice would be visiting this site more regularly where your brethren leave their foot mark everyday.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:22PM

    @Faesal:

    What’s with 5000km range? Who these
    warmongers wanna bombard, Beijing? In
    their dream, China will tear apart
    them before these indians even know
    it.

    Why does China develop missiles that are capable of reaching US? Are they crazy too?

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  • Ashvinn
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:40PM

    ET wrong picture that is not amissile

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  • Hold your horses
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @Faesal:

    Only a bozo would think that there would be a war between India and china….the trade between them is in excess of USD65 billion and targeted USD100 billion in two years..

    Indian leadership is not immature as Pakistani leadership. They know what’s in country’s interest…

    Keep dreaming of a war between India and china ….

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  • some one
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:48PM

    where are we heading to? USA, Russia, China, India, Noth Korea, Pakistan and Iran (may join soon)….all busy creating more and more dangerous weapons to destroy this earth and life on it (be it humans, animals or plants)..sad. If Gandhi was alive he would be crying today..His nation is doing the opposite of what he believed in.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 16, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @some one:

    If Gandhi was alive he would be crying
    today..His nation is doing the
    opposite of what he believed in

    To quote an example from scriptures, a non-violent snake isn’t allowed to bite, but, it is still allowed to hiss to protect itself.

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  • some one
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:02PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk

    I dont know about the snake example…but dont tell me that testing a nuclear missile is not going to harm this earth and life on it, whether its tested in a desert (where it will kill thousands of non violent snakes and other creatures in the desert) or whether it is tested in the ocean (which will destroy marine life) not to talk of the environmental damage.

    Gandhi would be sad to see this happening if he were alive, unless you are trying to say that Gandhi’s outer preachings were different to his inner idealogy (which I will not agree to)

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:04PM

    @ Cautious. Ashoka the great thought war kills so many people and therefore became a Buddhist. Result we all know. India became a weak state slowly and invaders started looting our wealth. Mughals though developing navy is a waste of resources. Result was British domination of seas and finally the colonization of India. If even after all this Indians did not learn the lessons, even God won’t forgive them.

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  • ASQ
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:20PM

    both india and pakistan should be feeding their poor people instead of wasting resources on these useless toys!!!!!

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  • Malik Hamza
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:23PM

    India has many enemies in this hostile region because india has made too many enemies becuase india gets brave cos them know they have usa and israel on there back.India needs these intercontinental missiles. However Pakistan doesn’t we only have one enemey India and we have sufficient amount of warheads and ballistic missiles to give a befitting reply to india.

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  • Faesal
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:24PM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande:
    These missiles hardly pose any deterrence to China.
    For every 1 step india takes, China takes 10 more.

    @Hold your horses:
    You generals and politicans also call China a threat, So they bozos in your book of sitting-in-sofa professional-opinion. If i recall, China and india got serious issues, You went to war in 62, you can go again.

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    China is emerging world power. They understand the threat of western imperialism. Understanding the US warring attitude, Its quite necessity of Chinese to build proper defence systemRecommend

  • some one
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:25PM

    There is not even a 0.0001% chance of India using this missile against Pakistan or China. What is a more probable risk is a nuclear Gas leak in India which could affect the Indians. have you guys forgotten the assam and bhopal tragedies?
    I as a human being will condemn these nuclear tests, whether they are done by India or Pakistan or USA, or China or Russia or whoever. An evil is an evil- whether done by a friend or by a foe.

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  • Yash
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @some one:

    dude….days of nuclear testing are over…..theres a difference between “NUCLEAR CAPABLE” and “NUCLEAR”….

    this missile will have a conventional warhead of same size and shape…missile testing is done only to see its range and functioning

    does any1 in their sane mind will attach a nuclear warhead to every missile testing??….

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  • Apr 16, 2012 - 9:30PM

    @Faesal:
    hahahha yes

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  • publicityhungry
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:47PM

    @Faesal:
    hahahha yes

    hahahhah NO

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  • Indian first
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:57PM

    This is only a first step to show the world India means business and ready to match any nation who has any mischeivous idea in their minds. India has to do a lot more in economy as well as technology to acquire the position in the comity of world powers

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  • master-slave flipflop
    Apr 16, 2012 - 9:57PM

    @some one:
    India will use it, but only after use against India. its for ‘do not attack India.’

    @Faesal:

    For every 1 step India takes, China
    takes 10 more.

    that 1 step is enough and gap is decreasing very rapidly.

    If i recall, China and india got serious issues, You went to war in 62, you can go again.

    false history book alert.

    China is emerging world power. They
    understand the threat of western
    imperialism. Understanding the US
    warring attitude, Its quite necessity
    of Chinese to build proper defence
    system

    replace china with India and west/us with china. and also we have a very unstable country as neighborRecommend

  • hyderabadi
    Apr 16, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Pakistanis on ET are jealous.;-)

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  • pankaj
    Apr 16, 2012 - 10:51PM

    someone said it rightly..if you want ti live in peace..prepared for war.

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  • Hit-Man
    Apr 16, 2012 - 10:56PM

    ‘If you want peace be prepared for war’, a motto which India is forced to follow to preserve its sovereignity. This one is for China with love who has been showing its dirty teeth to India lately.

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  • Cautious
    Apr 16, 2012 - 11:36PM

    You ever notice that anytime Pakistan and India start talking like real neighbors one or the other military goes off and does a missile test? Pretty clear to me that both countries military do their best to keep this rivalry going so that they can maintain their status and large budgets. Despite the missiles, nukes and high tech weaponry both countries are 3rd World countries that desperately need sanitation, clean drinking water and education — time to grow up and spend the money on your people rather than the military elite.

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  • Yash
    Apr 16, 2012 - 11:43PM

    @Faesal:

    FOR EVERY 1 STEP INDIA TAKES CHINA TAKES 10 STEPS

    your statement is true but temme sumthin….just coz sum1 is walking in front of u…will u stop walking??….

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  • G. Din
    Apr 17, 2012 - 12:17AM

    @Cautious:
    “Waste of resources — why not get the basics like clean drinking water and proper sanitation down before spending money on expensive military toys that will never be used.”
    Technologies developed for “expensive military toys” Have vast applications, not necessarily for military purposes.
    @Faesal:
    “China will tear apart them before these indians even know it. “
    Just for that, you get a Beijing lollipop and a pat on your back. Good boy!

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  • G. Din
    Apr 17, 2012 - 12:18AM

    @some one:
    “USA, Russia, China, India, Noth Korea, Pakistan and Iran (may join soon)….”
    North Korea’s missile launch failed which also means the missiles Pakistan was going to paint green and claim as its indigenous failed, too. Exclude the last three out of this list!
    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    @Binbin:
    “@Ali Tanoli:Don’t understand what cats and missile have to do with each other ??”
    He talked about “male” cats and carriers ahich have a direct relation to ICBM’s which none else in the world has a clue about!

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  • gp65
    Apr 17, 2012 - 12:29AM

    @Faesal: “These missiles hardly pose any deterrence to China.
    For every 1 step india takes, China takes 10 more.”

    You probably do not understand the concept of mutual assured destruction. But with Chinese who have clearly demonstrated pragmatism in their foreign policy,, if they know that even if they killed a 100 million Indians, Indian could retaliate and kill a million of their own, they would not attack India.Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 17, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @hyderabadi:

    Pakistanis on ET are jealous.;-)

    yep! these are the times when they are suddenly worried about our drinking water, education, medicine etc.

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  • gujranwala987
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:03AM

    I am shocked that india which has the largest slum dogs population is wasting its resources on this useless missile test but has no money to provide their clothless and homeless slum dogs a decent life.

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  • Cautious
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:12AM

    @ G Din

    Technologies developed for “expensive
    military toys” Have vast applications,
    not necessarily for military purposes.

    Yeah right — how does technology developed by others create “vast applications” for India or Pakistan? Your both 3rd World countries with large egos which would rather waste money trying to impress the developed World rather than spend the money on the basics which the developed World takes for granted.

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  • Cosmo
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:36AM

    @Faesal: The only enemy pakistan has are its own people, get rid of your kinds and kinds of hafiz sayed and u wont need no missile to fire upon india or train those terrorists as strategic agents.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 17, 2012 - 9:06AM

    @gujranwala987:

    I am shocked that india which has the
    largest slum dogs population is
    wasting its resources on this useless
    missile test but has no money to
    provide their clothless and homeless
    slum dogs a decent life.

    The most impressive thing about your comment is that it got through the mods

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  • Abbas
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:02AM

    @Faesal:
    if a failed state can dream of attacking a massive democracy, why cannot India hope to defend itself from China. Logic buddy.

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  • Abbas
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:07AM

    @gujranwala987: yet it does not have name of terrorist breeding nation….what an irony..isnt’it? Shame is five letter word that does not include poverty before religious terrorism.Recommend

  • harkol
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:33AM

    This is an unfortunate expense for a poor country, but it has not much options.

    India was invaded by many other nationals for over a 1,000 years, and that led to the downfall of what once was the richest nation on earth, becoming one of the poorest.

    Afghans, Khazaks, Uzbeks, Mangols, Portugese, French, British et. al. raided India and subjugated portions of India.

    So, cost of Freedom is eternal vigilence and preparedness. So, while it is unfortunate that India spends about 2.5% of GDP on defense, it perhaps may not have any choice but to do so.

    Only consolation is – it’s defense spend vis-a-vis GDP is less than USA/China. Just enough to defend – not to attack.

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  • joy
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:43AM

    fellow Indians..dont get worked up by silly comments …you should realise that all Pakistan has to do is to name a town/city/sports stadium after a foreign despot and cash/ arms comes rolling in…they can’t and wont appreciate what India is all about…just let them be….

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  • Tony Singh
    Apr 17, 2012 - 3:48PM

    @Faesal:
    By the way Faisal. its Pakistan who is sending their strategic assets in China to support Muslim rebels there, In fact no other country in any time in history (not even Nazi Germany) has made so many enemies in such short period of time as Pakistan has.

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  • G. Din
    Apr 17, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @Cautious:
    “…how does technology developed by others create “vast applications” for India or Pakistan? “
    I spoke about India, not Pakistan. Unlike Pakistan which buys/barters its missiles from/with N. Korea, all missiles of India are “swadeshi” (home-grown), not bought. So, India has had to innovate/develop its missiles and nuclear technologies on its own. All technologies have universal application. Technologies developed for Moon-landing have been used all over the place. Then, too, people like you cribbed about the monies spent to send a man to the Moon.

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  • Nomi
    Apr 17, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @harkol:
    I never understood the source of this “1,000 year rule” by foreigners over India. It only applies to the terrotories of Multan and Sindh, which is now Pakistan, since it was first conquered by the Arab caliphate in 700 AD. The Arabs were squarely defeated by the Rajputs in 738 AD and never occupied India ever.

    India as it is today, was first invaded in 1206 AD by Turkic invaders (who formed the delhi sultanate), who occupied only some parts northern India for @300 years (1206 to 1536)

    Then, it was occupied by Turkic invaders from Uzbekistan, the Mughals for 160 years (1535 to 1707)

    Then, it was occupied primarily by the British for a period of 140 years (1820 to 1947).

    Hence, the total occupation of India by foreigners was no more than 500 years which is less than 10% of its existence of over 6000 years.

    Hopefully, next time Pakistani will make more informed comments!!!!Recommend

  • some one
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @G Din

    Pakistan buying missiles from North Korea? This is the biggest joke of the decade!! Pak has its own nuclear capabilites separate from North Korea. Also you had earlier mentioned North Korea failing at missile tests. The failed missile tests were carried out by Taiwan and NOT North Korea. It just shows your level of knowledge. I will not be surprised if you claim that all people from the far east are Chinese…lolRecommend

  • some one
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @G Din

    If you were referring to the recent missile test failed by North Korea, then you should be knowing that one failed test does not mean N Korea does not have missile capabilities altogether. Not that I am supporting N Korea’s aggressive build up of arms….nor does it in anyway affect Pakistan’s nuclear and missle capabilities which are independent…though I do not support any nation’s build up of destructive weapons (pak included)

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  • Xcaret
    Apr 17, 2012 - 9:51PM

    @some one:
    Which country tested the missile that failed, Taiwan or N Korea? Your replies to @G.Din are confusing me.

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  • Shyam
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:18PM

    @some one
    Pakistan buying missiles from North Korea? This is the biggest joke of the decade!! Pak has its own nuclear capabilites separate from North Korea. Also you had earlier mentioned North Korea failing at missile tests. The failed missile tests were carried out by Taiwan and NOT North Korea. It just shows your level of knowledge. I will not be surprised if you claim that all people from the far east are Chinese…lol

    Lol was the only part of your comment which was not extremely funny

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  • harkol
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Nomi: I didn’t say all of India was ruled by foreigners for 1,000 years. I said it faced invaders for 1000 years. Some of its territories were ruled by these foreign invaders.

    Even in your calculations you leave out the time when portions of India that was ruled by various colonial powers between 1600-1900. Dutch, Portugese, Danish, French & British directly or thru some private companies ruled various parts of India. Mughal Rule itself didn’t end with Aurangzeb.

    Even if India was invaded by foreign forces for 1,000 years, it is still less than 15% of its existence as a Indus/Indian civilization/nation. But, that’s not the point. It took less than 5% of it’s existence for Kashmir to be ethnically cleansed of Hindus at sword point by invasions of Turkic, Tajik & Mughal rulers.

    Besides, even till 1700s, India was among the top 3 economies in the world with about 17% of world trade. All it took was about 200 years of Colonial subjugation, where the wealth of India was taken away and its economic vitality was numbed, impoverishing India.

    And FYI – I am an Indian.

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  • harkol
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Nomi: Also, you missed the invaders between 900-1200. Mohammad Ghazni/Ghouri etc? Who famously raided repeatedly to loot the wealth of various states much south of Indus?

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  • Tilopa
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:00AM

    @Faesal

    China is emerging world power. They understand the threat of western imperialism. Understanding the US warring attitude, Its quite necessity of Chinese to build proper defence system

    So is India,India is currently the 2nd fastest growing economy and is predicted to outpace USA and become the second biggest economy by 2030.

    As for the rest of your comment,i consider it below my level to reply to your comment.
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