(India) Indian test launch of the Agni-P

Sidharth Kaushal, James Byrne, Joe Byrne and Gary Somerville write for RUSI: The recent Indian test launch of the Agni-P, a medium-range ballistic missile with a 2000 km range, raises questions about the future of Indian nuclear doctrine, with ramifications both for the Indian subcontinent and beyond. The missile, which shows a growing Indian emphasis on accuracy and the ability to conduct prompt strikes, could represent a step in India’s gradual doctrinal evolution towards a counterforce posture. This evolution, and the circumstances which have precipitated it, has ramifications for the analysis of nuclear dynamics both in the region and beyond.

go to the analysis: India’s Nuclear Doctrine: The Agni-P and the Stability–Instability Paradox | Royal United Services Institute (

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