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India successfully test-fires Agni-5 ballistic missile

The missile has been designed to hit the designated target point accurately, guided by the on-board computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics.

Dec 11, 2018 09:30 IST
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India on December 10, 2018 successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast.

The missile was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal. It was a user associated trial and was conducted by the Strategic Force Command with DRDO scientists.

This was the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile.

Previous trials of Agni 5

The first test launch of the missile was conducted on April 19, 2012. The missile was able to hit the target nearly at pin-point accuracy, within a few metres of the designated target point.

India conducted the second test flight of Agni-V from the Wheeler Island on September 15, 2013. The missile hit the pre-designed target in the Indian Ocean with an accuracy of a few metres.

The third successful test flight of the Agni-V was conducted on January 31, 2015. The test used a canisterised version of the missile, mounted over a Tatra truck.

The fourth test of the missile was successfully conducted on December 26, 2018. This was the second canisterised test of the missile.

The fifth test of the missile was successfully conducted on January 18, 2018. This was the third consecutive test of the missile on a road-mobile launcher and the first in its final operational configuration.

The sixth trial was conducted in June 2018 during which the missile was fired from a mobile launcher. Several new technologies were successfully tested during the sixth trial.

About Agni 5

Agni 5 is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India.

The missile is a part of the Agni series of missiles, one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

Agni-V is a three stage missile, 17 metres tall, two metres wide and capable of carrying 1.5 tonne of nuclear warheads.

Unlike other Agni missiles, Agni-5 is the most-advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

The missile has been designed to hit the designated target point accurately, guided by the on-board computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics.

Note

India has an armory the Agni series missiles:

  • Agni-1 with 700 km range
  • Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range
  • Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range
  • Agni-5 with a strike range of 5,000 km

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