While India and China are engaged in a series of ongoing talks to amicably settle things out regarding the territorial dispute in the region, India has recently conducted a test-fire of its supersonic missile interceptor Monday.
The locally-made 7.5 meter long rocket propelled guided missile is equipped with state-of-the-art multiple tracking technology, which gives it a high-level of precision for effective intercepting of foes, The Hindu reported while citing a source familiar with the launch.
The report stated that the Monday launch signifies the country’s capability of successfully intercepting an incoming missile mid-air precisely. The missile interceptor simulation was conducted as if there was an incoming ballistic missile off the Odisha coast.
“The test conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode has been successful. The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was ascertained by analyzing data from multiple tracking sources,” India’s Defense Research Development Organization was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
The successful missile test-fire last Monday came amid the ongoing talks between the governments of India and China over the territorial issues in the region.
The testing also coincided after the United States reported about an observable increase in China’s military presence closer to the border with India.
“We have notice an increase in capability and force posture by the Chinese military in areas close to the border with India,” Abraham Denmark, US Deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said during a press briefing.
“It is difficult to conclude on the real intention behind this,” Denmark added.
Although there has been no direct statement coming from China slamming India’s move to conduct the test-fire, China on Monday reminded the United States anew that it has to stop meddling between China and India, referring to the ongoing talks between the two countries, the Times of India reported.
“China and India are wise and capable enough to deal with this issue. It is hoped that other country would respect efforts made by China and India for the peaceful settlement of dispute, rather than the opposite,” a top Chinese foreign ministry official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The official, who appeared referring to the U.S added that China remained committed in keeping the peace in the border between China and India. This stern warning from China came after the Pentagon has augmented its forces in the region, which according to the Chinese fuels the tension in the region.