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BHUBANESWAR, India - India on Thursday successfully tested a new long-range missile capable of delivering a one-ton nuclear warhead anywhere in regional military rival China, and countries outside Asia.
The 17-meter (56-foot) Agni V, with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), was launched at 8:05 a.m. (0235 GMT) from a test site off the eastern state of Orissa, according to the Defense Research and Development Organization, which built the missile.
"I am announcing the successful launch of Agni V ... making history and making our country proud in the area of missile technology," DRDO head V.K. Saraswat told the NDTV news channel.
"We are today a missile power unmatching to most in the world," Saraswat said.
India views the 50-ton Agni V as a major boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows - albeit slightly - the huge gap with China's technologically advanced missile systems.
A successful test leaves India knocking at the door of a select club of nations with inter-continental ballistic missiles with ranges of thousands of kilometers.
Currently only the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - possess a declared ICBM capability.