They can hit Shanghai…
Beijing is closely watching India’s testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), allegedly nuclear capable, amid concern it may pose a threat to the region as well as global nuclear-nonproliferation.
Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proclaimed last week that the Indian Army had launched a nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-V, and the Times of India revealed that the nation’s first ICBM could reach the northernmost parts of China with a strike range of over 5,000 kilometers. That puts Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou well within range.
But Chinese military observer Song Zongping noted in the nationalist tabloid the Global Times that there was no further proof that the missile had met all parameters for the test.
Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, also expressed skepticism in the same paper, claiming “though the missile could theoretically hit Beijing, India’s missile technology is far below the standard.”
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The ace among China’s long-distance missiles is the DF-41, which runs on solid fuel and is road-mobile. With a range of between 12,000 to 15,000 km and a top cruising speed of Mach 25 (30,870 kph), it can carry several thermonuclear warheads – each capable of being aimed to hit a different target.
India has a smaller economy and less money in government coffers but has shown Beijing it has a growing nuclear arsenal under the nation’s Strategic Forces Command.
Xinhua also reported that India’s 50-ton ICBM was just a few tests away from mass production and deployment.