INDIA has unleashed it’s nuclear prowess after testing a missile capable of striking Britain as global tensions mount. The devastating Agni-V missile, which has the ability to obliterate London, was fired by Indian officials from a remote island and landed close to Australian waters.
The huge 50 tonne missile has been developed during the last decade as India ups its military might amid threats of a nuclear world war.
Ajay Lele, New Delhi’s Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, said: “After this, the missile will be handed over for the operationalisation of it to India’s strategic forces command and they will undertake two tests and subsequently the missile will come into India’s armoury.”
The missile can be launched from a mobile platform allowing the Indian army to blast the weapon quickly if under attack.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Successful test firing of Agni-V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence.”
Defence analysts have said the missile has been developed due to the threat posed by China to India.
The two nations were at war in 1962 and have unresolved boundary disputes over territory in the Himalayan mountains.
Mr Lele added: “It is essentially to make a point that yes, we have a sufficient amount of arsenal. If somebody attacks us by using nuclear weapons, we can respond effectively.”
It comes as the world enters a potentially disastrous arms race with Russia appearing to lead the way.
Vladimir Putin has boasted in the past week of Russia’s military power and revealed Russia is “stronger” than the US and Nato.
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The Russian leader said: “There is still much work to be done, but taking into account our achievements, not only military ones, but also our history, geography, the state of the Russian society .
“We can say with confidence that at present we are stronger than any potential aggressor.”