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India conducts fourth test launch of Agni-V missile

In this photo released by Indian Ministry of Defense, India’s Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), lifts off from the launch pad at Wheeler Island off India"s east coast, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Image copyright AP
Image caption India conducted the first test launch of the Agni V in 2012

India has successfully conducted a fourth test launch of its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Agni-V missile was launched from a site off the east coast on Monday.

It has a range of more than 5,000km (3,100 miles), potentially bringing targets in China within striking distance.

President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted that the launch "will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities".

India launches long-range missile

India conducted the first test launch of the Agni V in 2012, the second in 2013 and the third one in 2015, PTI news agency reported.

The Agni-V is 17.5m (57ft) tall and solid-fuelled. It has three stages and a launch weight of 50 tonnes.

The missiles are among India's most sophisticated weapons. Agni means "fire" in Hindi and Sanskrit.