India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 – the most advanced missile in the Agni series with a strike range of over 5,000 kilometre – from a test range off the Odisha coast on Thursday.
The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country. All radars, tracking systems and range stations monitored the flight performance, defence sources said. Describing the trial as “fully successful”, the sources said, the sophisticated missile travelled for 19 minutes and covered 4,900 km.
This missile was test-fired from a canister launcher, mounted on a mobile platform, at about 9.54 am from No 4 launch pad of the Integrated Test Range in Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, they said. “After four successful developmental trials, this was the first user associate test of Agni-5 missile,” the sources added.
‘Agni-5’ is most advanced missile in the Agni series with new and latest technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine. It has a range of over 5,000 km.
“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 Organisation. Its path is precisely directed by the advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system.
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 first test of Agni-5 was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second on September 15, 2013, the third on January 31, 2015 and fourth trial on December 26, 2016 from the same base.