India’s most lethal missile Agni-V successfully tested

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Balasore (Odisha) : India’s most lethal nuclear-capable, inter-continental ballistic missile that has a range of over 5,000 km covering whole of China, successfully test-fired Agni-V, from Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast.

The successful test-firing will pave the way for user trial of the missile and its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).

The three-stage, solid propellant surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

About 17-metre long and weighing over 50 ton, the missile majestically rose from the confines of its canister flawlessly and achieved all targets, sources in Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said. The Agni-V missile has a range of over 5,000 km.

At present, India possesses Agni-I with 700 km range, Agni-II with 2,000 km range, Agni-III and Agni-IV with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 range in its armoury of Agni missile series.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated the DRDO scientists.