The Agni-5 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
India on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface to a surface ballistic missile, Agni-5, from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. It was test-fired at 7.50 pm.
The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets up to a 5,000-km range with a very high degree of accuracy.
The successful launch aligns with India’s policy to have a “credible minimum deterrence” that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’.
India had in June this year successfully test-fired a completely new missile in its ambitious Agni series off the Odisha coast. The test of the high-tech nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni Prime, was carried out from the launching complex IV of Abdul Kalam Island.
“Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile has followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy,” a statement issued by the DRDO had stated at the time. Agni-P was the most advanced missile in the Agni series, which was developed with the cutting-edge technologies used in 4000-km range Agni-IV and 5000-km Agni-V missiles.
In June, India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni-Prime ballistic missile – a more advanced version of the Agni class of missiles – from a location off the Odisha coast.