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    Default Agni-V will adequately meet India's deterrence: M. Natarajan

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    Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief M. Natarajan Thursday hailed the successful Agni-V test, noting that the 5,000-km range missile will "adequately meet" India's nuclear deterrence needs.

    "This will adequately meet the country's needs. Agni-V range is reasonably adequate. This range will provide the country the comfort to the political leadership, a choice they can opt for," he said.

    Natarajan, who lives in Tirunelvelli in south Tamil Nadu, told IANS over phone from Chennai that he was "very happy" defence scientists have provided to the country the "comfort" and the "choice" of a long range nuclear deterrent that the country's political leadership may want.

    The DRDO chief till two years ago, Natarajan was heading the sole military R&D agency of the country when India had successfully tested and inducted the 3,000-km range Agni-III missile into the country's strategic forces.

    He was specially mentioned by Defence Minister A.K. Antony in his congratulatory message to the agency over the Agni-V success, noting the former DRDO chief's "untiring contribution".
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