Aside from the missile, India is developing various kinds of weapons to compete with China, and its development of nuclear weapons shows that India is engaging in a nuclear arms race with China, Song said. The tri-Service SFC, established in 2003 to manage India's nuclear arsenal, will have to conduct a few more user-trials before the 50-tonne missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction.
"China is anxious about North Korea but it is not anxious about being attacked by them", MacDonald told Asia Times.
They described the successful test as a "major boost" to the security of the country, which has hostile relations with its largest neighbour Pakistan. North Korea's Air Defenses: Who Wins?
The long-range Agni missiles have also demonstrated the capability of the Ring Laser Gyro developed by the Research Centre Imarat and other labs in the Missile Complex in Hyderabad for the key Inertial Navigation Systems and micro navigation systems, which are important in vastly improving their strike accuracy.
Once inducted, India will join an elite league of nations such as the US, UK, Russia, China and France.
At the same time, MacDonald stresses that China's hidden motive in pursuing missile defense is that such activities can be used to develop anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.
Sources said as the missile has already been inducted in the Army, this trial will be from its Limited Stock Production (LSP) series for which one missile system will be randomly selected from a bunch of missiles and put to test.
However, China's security experts were skeptic about the missile range.
The missile has a range of 3,100 miles, bringing the whole of Asia within range of the country.
Thursday's test involved a canister from a road-mobile launcher, giving the military the option of quickly transporting the missile to another place if necessary, according to the Times of India.