Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V successfully test-fired off Odisha coast

Balasore: India today conducted a successful test of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-V from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal at 9.48 am, Defence sources said.

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-V. The missile covered its full distance during the trial which was a total success, they said.

“The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, tracking instruments and observation stations all through the mission,” the sources said.

Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-V is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, said a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official.

With the top missile added to its arsenal, India has joined the elite list of US, Russia, the UK, France and China, all of which boast having ICBM capabilities.

(With agency inputs)