India on Wednesday successfully test a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5. The missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha at 7:50 pm on October 27. The missile uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine. Agni-5 is an Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
“The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’, said the Ministry of Defence. The missile was first test-fired in in 2012 from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast. Till now, eight tests have been conducted so far. India test-fired the missile amid standoff with China in the Eastern Ladakh sector. India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Named INS Vikrant Sets For Sea Trials.
Here Is The Video Of India Test-Firing Agni-5 Missile:
The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile can strike targets up to 5,000 km away. The missile will allow India to strike targets across Asia and into Europe. Till now, the longest range missile India had was Agni-III, with a range of 3000–3500 km.
In June this year, India had successfully test-fired Agni Prime (Agni-P) missile. It is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 Km.