Agni-V shows India’s intention to become major power: China reports
People’s Daily’s website, pointed to the development of the 5,000 km-range Agni-V, expected to be unveiled in February 2012, as showing India’s “intention of seeking regional balance of power”.
As India is setting ready to test its 5000 km range Agni-V missile in February next year, Chinese official media here said that the “killer” missile with potential to reach several cities in China showed New Delhi’s intention to become major power in the region.
Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper few days back called on India to coöperate more with its neighbours “instead of being hostile to them,” suggesting that India’s rising military expenditure reflected its growing regional “strategic ambitions.”
People’s Daily newspaper said claims from other officials and scientists suggested that the development of the missile was aimed at China, whose cities would fall within its range.
“It is the Indian goal to continue to strengthen the military and possess a military clout that matches its status as a major power,” the article said. “However, how many missiles is enough is a question for all governments in the missile era.”
Chinese media reported the last month’s successful test flight of the 3000 km range Agni-IV missile.
DRDO Director-General V K Saraswat had announced that Agni -V will be test fired in February.
Defence analysts say that the two together has the potential to reach several top Chinese cities, though far off regions could still be out of range for Indian missiles.
Analysts say that while short-range missile Agni-I and II are regarded as Pakistan-specific, Agni-III, IV and V are perceived to be China-specific.
India has decided to focus on building defense in this period. In the recently adopted 11th Five-Year Plan, it decided to spend 8.2 billion U.S. dollars purchasing equipment from foreign countries to improve its fighting capabilities.
India’s rising military spending — which is, however, only a little more than one-third that of China’s, according to estimates. Indian military officials had said India’s weapons would not pose a threat to any country.Share this: Twitter | StumbleUpon | Facebook | Delicious | digg | reddit | buzz
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