Beijing: Chinese experts feel that there is a lot more to India`s successful long-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-V than what New Delhi is saying.
A Chinese researcher said the missile "actually has the potential to reach targets 8,000 kilometers away".
Du Wenlong, a researcher at China`s PLA Academy of Military Sciences, told the Global Times that the Agni-V "actually has the potential to reach targets 8,000 kilometers away".
Du added that "the Indian government had deliberately downplayed the missile`s capability in order to avoid causing concern to other countries".
India Thursday test-fired the Agni-V missile that it said can accurately hit targets more than 5,000 km away. With this launch, India entered an exclusive club of nations that have this capability.
Zhang Zhaozhong, a professor with the People`s Liberation Army National Defense University, told the Global Times that according to China`s standard, an ICBM should have a range of at least 8,000 km.
"The Agni-V`s range could be further enhanced to become an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile," he said.