DRDO Director General Vijay Kumar Saraswat today said Agni-V missile which took 30 years to be developed,was the best such thing in the 21st century.
Agni-V is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India. It is part of the Agni series of missiles,one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
Last month,India took a major leap in its strategic capability by successfully test firing its nuclear capable,5000 km-range Agni-V missile,bringing China under its cover and achieving the capacity of building Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles.
With this,India joined an elite missile club of the US,Russia,France and China,which produce Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).
The surface-to-surface Agni-V is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away. It is about 17-metres-long and two-metres-wide with launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The sophisticated missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
At a felicitation function at ITM university here,Saraswat said the making of the missile had become possible because of the support and cooperation of people like former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi and former scientific advisor A P J Abdul Kalam.
“Such people had great vision and this helped in the successful making of the missile,” he said.
The DRDO Director General said the making of the missile had given him happiness and satisfaction and induced hope that challenges of future would be met successfully.
The missile could not have been made without the work done by young scientists who were full of self-confidence,he said.
He thanked the university for felicitating him in the city of his birth.
On the occasion,Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt said the development in the country should be done on the lines of Japan and Germany.
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