India conducts successful test of Agni-5 Ballistic Missile

New Delhi : India successfully test fired its nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5from Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island in Balasore district of Odisha on Sunday.

The missile was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at 9.48 am, defence sources said. The missile covered its full distance during the trial which was a total success, they said.

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-5. Before this, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had conducted five tests of the Agni-5 missile, the last one on January 18 this year. The first test was conducted on April 19, 2012.

The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target at 5,000 km away. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one ‘Agni-5’ is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

The first test of Agni-5 was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second on September 15, 2013, the third on January 31, 2015 and fourth trial on December 26, 2016 from the same base.