India’s intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5 was test-launched successfully from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. This was the fourth and final test of the missile.
Missile having a striking range of 6,000 km will be balancing out China’s military muscle. It will give India longer range strike capability. Below are some of the points which makes it unique.
- Agni V is an intercontinental ballistic missile having a range of 5,500 to 5,800 km.
- It is nuclear capable and having a payload capacity of 1,500 kg of higher explosive warhead.
- It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
- It is being the fifth variant in the series of medium to long range Agni missiles. Agni I, II and III has already been inducted for military use.
- Successful induction of the missile will give India longer range strike capability.
- Missile was tested previously in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
- Once it is inducted, India will be joining the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) alongside US, Russia, China, France and the UK.
- Agni-V is capable of striking even the northernmost parts of China.
Launching Details: Agni V
It was launched at about 11:05 a.m. from a mobile launcher complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR). Official source commenting over the same says, “We are analyzing the test launch after collecting information from radars. The report suggests it is a successful launch.”
President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for its successful launch. Mukherjee adding to the same in tweet says, “Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing AgniV. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities.”
Missile is developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V is having a capability for striking targets anywhere in all of Asia and parts of Africa and Europe.
Agni-V is one of the most advanced missiles which is capable of striking a target to more than 5,000 km. It is about 17 meters long, 2 meters wide and is having a launch weight of around 50 tonnes. Missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tone.
Once Agni-V is inducted in the Indian Millitary, India will be joining the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside US, Russia, China, France and Britain. First test of Agni-V was conducted on 19th April, 2012 while second test was launched on 15th September, 2013 and third on 31st January, 2015.