India successfully test-fires long-rage nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile

NEW DELHI, India successfully test-fired on Monday its unclear capable long-rage missile Agni-5 from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast located in the eastern part of the country.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement that the seventh trial of the surface-to-surface missile was successful, adding that Agni-5, capable of carrying 1.5 tonne of nuclear warheads “further strengthens the country’s deterrence capability, which has been developed indigenously by assiduous efforts of scientists.” The missile was launched today afternoon from the Integrated Test Range at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal. “The launch operations were carried out and monitored by the Strategic Forces Command in presence of Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation and other associated officials,” it added.

Agni-5 weighing 50 tonnes and 17 meters tall is considered most-advanced missile in the Indian armory in terms of engine, navigation, guidance and warhead.

Apart from Agni-5, India owns Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-II with 2000 km range, Agni-3 with 2,500 km and Agni-4 to more than 3,500 range.

Source: Kuwait News Agency