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India successfully test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5

The successful test-firing of the missile came in the midst of a lingering border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

The test-firing was carried around 7:50 PM from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. (Photo: DRDO/File)

In a major boost to its military might, India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 that can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy, officials said.

The test-firing was carried around 7:50 PM from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, they said.

“The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have credible minimum deterrence that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’,” the defence ministry said.

The successful test-firing of the missile came in the midst of a lingering border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

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