India has successfully test-fired a second nuclear-capable missile that can reach the Chinese capital Beijing and most parts of Europe, in what is another step towards strengthening the country’s nuclear deterrent.
Ravi Kumar Gupta, spokesman for the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) confirmed on Sunday a successful launch, saying the missile hit the target “in a predefined trajectory” and met all the mission objectives.
Reuters’s Jatindra Dash says India is doing its best to keep up with China’s growing military muscle. To do so, the correspondent stresses, it needs to build a viable deterrent against its larger nuclear-armed neighbor.
This has given way to concern about an escalating South Asian arms race. The International Institute for Strategic Studies said in a Thursday report India’s race with Pakistan was increasing the risk of a nuclear exchange during a conventional conflict, perhaps sparked by an act of terrorism.