New Delhi: India on Monday test launched its longest range & indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni 5 missile off Odisha coast. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher from the launch complex -4 of the integrated Test Range (ITR).
Agni 5 is an indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India.
The missile is part of the Agni series of missiles, one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
Congratulating the DRDO for the launch, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “Congratulations to DRDO for successfully test firing Agni V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities.”
Agni 5 is the most advanced one, with new technologies, guidance and inbuilt systems to provide better navigation and overall performance. Being a three-stage missile, Agni 5 is designed to carry over one-tonne warhead. Its 5,000 km range gives it the farthest reach among all Indian missiles.
The new indigenously developed nuclear missile , is the 4th developmental and second canisterised trial of the long range missile. The first missile test launch was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second on September 15, 2013 and the third on January 31, 2015.