May 18 1974 – India Becomes the Sixth Nation to Successfully Test an Atomic Bomb

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May 18 1974 – India Becomes the Sixth Nation to Successfully Test an Atomic BombRate this post On May 18, 1974, at 8.05 am local time, the Indian Army conducted the first nuclear weapon explosion by the country. The detonation at Pokhran Test Range in the Pokhran region of Rajasthan state in India was codenamed Smiling Buddha, though referred to by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA) as Pokhran- I. The test was overseen by senior personnel of the Indian Army. With the success of the test, India became the sixth nation and the first non-permanent United Nations member to have tested a nuclear missile. Though the MoEA designated […]