The Director of Agni Missile Project, Defence Research and Development Organisation- Tessy Thomas announced on 2 August 2013 that the Agni V missile would become operational by 2015, with two or three successful test firings. The announcement was made at the National Conference on Systems, Energy and Environment organised by the Government College of Engineering at Mangattuparamba.
This is the project, which in turn will carry out multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles that can be used for delivering multiple warheads at various targets. Agni V missile is one of the biggest achievements of India. The ballistic missile has a range of 5000 km. It is also important to note that there are more than 2000 institutions, which have link up with DRDO for this project.
The plans like this were also underway for two-stage Agni-IV, which had the 3500 km strike range. This missile is ready for induction by the end of 2014. The armed forces inducted Pakistan-specific Agni-I (700-km) and Agni-II (over 2000-km) and 3000 -km Agni-III.
However, Agni-IV and Agni-V missiles have a different kind of class because they have the capability to deal against China in times of crisis. China has the massive nuclear arsenal as well as missiles such as 11200-km Dong Feng-31A, which is capable of attacking any Indian city.