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Agni-V missile successfully test-fired

Agni 5 launch: Confirming the development, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: "We have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V today."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2018 7:09 pm
Agni V launch Agni 5 launch: File picture of the Agni missile. (Source: DRDO/File)

India Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously built, nuclear-capable missile, Agni-V. It was conducted off a test range from Odisha’s Abdul Kalam island. The intercontinental surface-to-surface ballistic missile has a range of 5,000 km. Confirming the development, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “We have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V today.”

With the aim to strengthen its nuclear arsenal, the Indian army is modifying the Agni missile to make it capable of carrying nuclear warheads. New technologies are being incorporated into every test in addition to its navigation and guidance system, warhead and engine power.

It also has advantages of higher reliability, longer shelf life, less maintenance and enhanced mobility. India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2500 km to more than 3500km range.

“The redundant 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 metres of accuracy. The high speed on board computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus guided the missile flawlessly,” said an official of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

While the first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second and third tests were carried out in 2013 and 2015. The last test was done on December 26, 2017.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Muftkhor By Choice
    Jan 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    Good job
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    1. Shyam Teegala
      Jan 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm
      Elon Musk has exploited Indian Military with Space X and Tesla companies. It is a disgrace to India and Indian Military that Elon Musk has blatantly exploited Indian Army and its laws. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take up this issue of Indian Intellectual Property with US President Trump and either shut down Space X and Tesla or negotiate an agreement.
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      1. Aazar Kund
        Jan 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm
        Can you see a strange resemblence between North Korea and Indian missile technologies? Yes there is because, North Korea and India have long been shairing sentive know how of missiles. A UN Panel of Experts (UN PoE) report revealed that, number of North Korean Scientists who are part of Pyongyang’s nuclear program,studied courses on space science and satellite technology at a research ins ute, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), in northern India. According to the UN report, between 1995 and 2016, 30 North Korean students have studied courses on space science and satellite technology at a research ins ute, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), in northern India.
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        1. Asim Kumar
          Jan 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm
          North Korea with very limited resources and in spite of poor financial health is much way above us and has already successfully developed ICBM above 10000 km range and our so called white elephant DRDO which is consuming so much fat public money in its budget is still struggling to develop missiles at 5000 range.
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            SS
            Jan 18, 2018 at 6:49 pm
            Don't look at one side of the equation. North Korea has developed ICBMs better than ours by diverting money that was to be used for taking care of its population. Are you okay if the government starves you?
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