India successfully test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5

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NEW DELHI: India, on Wednesday, successfully launched surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha in Balasore. The missile uses 3-stage solid-fuelled engine. The launch took place at 7:50 pm.

The missile, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with very high degree of accuracy.

The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’, the government said.

It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. It can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state-of-the-art Agni-V is a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

Agni-5 is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

The indigenously developed missile is primarily for enhancing India’s nuclear deterrence against China.

India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.

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