War hysteria: Indian Strategic Forces Command test launched nuclear capable missile

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War hysteria: Indian Strategic Forces Command test launched nuclear capable missile

NEW DELHI - India 's Strategic Forces Command successfully test fired the strategic Agni-II missile link on the night of 16 November, the Live Hindustan media outlet reported. A video of the missile successfully launching from the firing range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha was broadcast by Kanak News.

The Agni-II is one of six missiles in the Agni family, comprising the foundation of India 's strategic weapons with operational ranges of between 2,000 and 3,500 KILOMETRES, Sputnik has reported.

It can carry a variety of warheads, ranging from penetrating and thermobaric to nuclear ones. The more modern, long-range Agni-VI missile is capable of delivering a payload to distances of up to 12,000 kilometres. [image: Aviation modification of BrahMos missile]

India has successfully developed a nuclear triad, made up of land-, sea- and air-launched weapons, and claims to have introduced this as a "credible deterrence", but vows to use it only as a means of response, not for pre-emptive strike purposes.

At the same time, India has refused to sign both the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Its neighbour and regional rival, Pakistan, also possesses a nuclear arsenal without being a signatory to either of the regulating and restricting treaties.

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