Agni 5, India’s longest range and indigenously-developed nuclear capable missile, was launched off Odisha coast today.
The ballistic missile with a range of 6000 km had its crucial user trial from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast in eastern India today.
The indigenously-developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile can hit targets in north China.
With the successful test, the missile becomes part of the Indian military arsenal and restore some of the missile balance that is in China’s favour.
Agni 5 is a three-stage solid fueled missile with composite motor casing in the third stage. Agni 5 will be able to carry multiple warheads and would also display countermeasures against anti-ballistic missile systems.
- The three stage, solid propellant missile is to be test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
- It will be the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the long range missile.
- While the first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second test was carried out on September 15, 2013 and the third on January 31, 2015 from the same base.
- Agni-5 is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
- Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one Agni-5 is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.