India test fires Agni 5 ballistic missile with 5000 km range
New Delhi : India on Wednesday successfully launched Agni-5, from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of the state of Odisha. The launch was scheduled for 7:50 PM.
Agni-5 is a surface-to-surface Ballistic Missile that uses 3-stage solid-fuelled engine. The ballistic missile has a ranges of 5,000-kilometres with extreme accuracy. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Agni-5 is an Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM).
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.’Agni-5 is the most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead, and engine.
Earlier in the month of August, India tested the Indigenous Technology cruise Missile(ITCM) off the coast of Odisha. The country also test-fired New Generation Akash Missile(Akash-NG). It was launched in the Balasore district of Odisha.
The first Agni-5 missile was launched in 2012. The Agni 1 to 4 missiles have ranges from 700 km to 3,500 km and they have already been deployed. The Agni 5 project was aimed at enhancing India’s nuclear deterrence against China which has missiles like Dongfeng-41 having ranges between 12,000-15,000 km.