India Successfully Test-Fires Agni-5 Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile With 5,000 Km Strike Range

| June 3 , 2018 , 12:14 IST

India successfully test-fired it's indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5 on Sunday, with a strike range of 5,000 km from the Dr Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha. The successful test on Sunday marks the 6th successful trial of the Agni-5, with the last trial conducted on January 18 this year.

According to defence sources, the surface-to-surface missile was launched from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal with the help of a mobile launcher.

“The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, tracking instruments and observation stations all through the mission,” the sources said.

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In comparison to other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said.

The Agni-5 missile would eventually be inducted into the tri-service Strategic Forces Command which manages India's nuclear arsenal. After Agni-5, India will become a part of the small group of nations having ICBMs with range of 5,000-5,500 km, namely the US, China, Russia and France.

Due to Agni-5's navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, it is the most advanced missile in the Agni series. The missile has been constructed so that after it reaches the peak of its trajectory, it will head down towards the earth's surface towards the target with increased speed, making use of earth's gravitational pull.

Most recently, India on February 20 conducted a successful test firing of its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a 2,000 km strike range from the Abdul Kalam Island off of the Odisha coast.