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India test-fires Agni-V ballistic missile having range of 5,000 km amid tension with China

Agni-5 ballistic missile: The Defence sources claimed that the test was conducted in an attempt to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which is now lighter than before.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan New Delhi Updated on: December 16, 2022 12:07 IST
India successfully conducts night trials of Agni-5
Image Source : PTI India successfully conducts night trials of Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile

 Agni-5 ballistic missile: India on Thursday successfully carried out the night trials of the Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile. According to defence sources, the missile has the capability to hit targets beyond 5,000 kilometres. The test was conducted at 5:30 pm from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

They further stated that the test was conducted in an attempt to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which is now lighter than before. "The trial has proved the capability to enhance the range of the Agni-5 missile if required," the Defence sources claimed. 

"The test was carried out to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which is now lighter than before. The trial has proved the capability to enhance the range of the Agni-5 missile, if required," sources added. India had launched the last Agni-5test in October 2021.

The missile has a very high degree of accuracy to hit targets. It has a height of 17 metres and it is capable of carrying a 1.5-tonne warhead.

Notably, Agni-5 is the most advanced missile in the Agni series with a strike range of over 5000 kms. Apart from Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) Agni-5, the Indian armoury of the Agni series includes Agni-1 with a 700 km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with a 2500 km to more than 3500km range.

About Agni-5 missile

The first two successful flights of Agni-5 in 2012 and 2013 were in an open configuration. The third, fourth and today’s launch from a canister, integrated with a mobile sophisticated launcher, were in its deliverable configuration that enables the launch of the missile with a very short preparation time as compared to an open configuration.

Besides, it also has the advantages of higher reliability, longer shelf life, less maintenance and enhanced mobility.

(With ANI inputs)

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