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India Test Fires New Nuclear Ballistic Missile That Now Puts Beijing Within Range

The latest generation of the domestically-built Indian Agni intercontinental nuclear missile system includes multiple warheads that can be independently targeted. RAVEENDRAN / AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly congratulated India’s state-run Defense Research and Development Organization on Monday for the successful launch of an Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile that can travel up to 5,000 km, putting the Chinese capital, Beijing, within striking distance.

The key feature of this new weapon, though, is the capability to launch multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles, or MIRV technology, that allows a single missile to launch several attacks on different locations.

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