15 Sep 2013

India tests nuclear capable missile

10:08 pm on 15 September 2013

India has successfully test-fired for a second time a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that can reach Beijing and much of Europe.

Reuters reports it brings it a step closer production of a weapon - the Agni-V - designed to strengthen India's nuclear capability.

The rocket was launched from a forest clearing on an island off India's east coast.

India is trying to keep up with China's growing military strength and wants to have a viable deterrent against its larger nuclear-armed neighbour.

The Agni-V missile was first tested in April 2012. It is mostly domestically built and has a range of about 5000 kilometres.

Only the UN Security Council permanent members - China, France, Russia the United States and Britain - along with Israel, are believed to have such long-range weapons.