India Successfully Test-fires Agni 5 Missile

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Adding to its military prowess, India on Wednesday successfully test-launched the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 missile that can hit targets up to 5,000 km with utmost accuracy. Officials said the test was conducted at around 7:50 pm from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. The missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads as well.

The Defense Ministry said in a brief statement, “The successful test-fire of Agni-5 is in line with India’s authentic minimum deterrence policy that underscores its commitment to ‘No First Use’.” More than 17 meters in length, the missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads of about 1500 kg. In developing this missile, India has mainly paid special attention to the technology of its engine and three-stage solid fuel is used in the engine.

Work on the Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile project began more than a decade ago. People with knowledge of the project said that this is the first user trial of the missile, which could come under the far northern part of China. The successful test-fire of the missile manufactured by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) comes at a time when India’s standoff along the border with China in eastern Ladakh has been done. The first test of the missile was done in April 2012, while the last test was done about 3 years ago.

The ministry said, “The missile, which uses a three-stage solid fuel engine, has the capability to hit targets up to 5,000 km.” The way has been cleared to be one that looks after India’s strategic assets. The Agni-I to 4 missiles have a strike range of 700 to 3,500 km and have already been deployed. The Agni-5 project aims to enhance India’s nuclear deterrence against China, which has missiles like the Dongfeng-41, which have a range of 12,000 to 15,000 km.

The Agni-5 missile is fitted with 3 stage rocket boosters which make the engine very powerful. This missile can strike at a speed of 24 times the speed of sound, that is, it travels a distance of more than 8 kilometers every second.

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