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Ramakanta Biswas

India successfully launched Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast on Wednesday. 

“A successful launch of the Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was carried out on October 27, 2021 at approximately 1950 hrs from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha,” read a statement issued by the Defence Ministry.  

The missile, which uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy.

“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’,” the statement added. 

Key Highlights Of The Agni 5 Missile

Agni-5 capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with very high degree of accuracy

It uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine

Successful launch in line with India’s policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use'

Agni 5 is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. It can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

It is the most advanced among all other missiles of Agni series and has some ultra-modern technologies.

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