India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile Agni-5

India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile Agni-5

Reports say India last Sunday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, off the Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal.

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-5. The missile covered its full distance during the trial which was a total success.

Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, said a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official.

Many new technologies developed indigenously were successfully tested in the Agni-5 trial. Navigation systems, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) had ensured the missile reached the target point within few meters of accuracy.