India Launches Nuclear Capable Agni-5 Missile

28.12.2016 Asia
India Launches Nuclear Capable Agni-5 Missile

India Launches Nuclear Capable Agni-5 Missile

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India’s longest range and indigenously-developed nuclear capable missile “Agni 5”, was launched off Odisha coast Tuesday.

The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), according to Press Trust of India (PTI).

The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. 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. Lot of new technologies developed indigenously were successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial.

It was the fourth developmental and second canisterized trial of the long range missile. While the first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second test was carried out on 15 September 2013 and the third on 31 January 2015 from the same base.

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