India successfully test fired its home-grown long range intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5. The missile was test-fired from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at 11:05 am on 26 December 2016.
As per an official release, this was the fourth developmental and second test-trail of the long-range missile. Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the Agni-5 is the most advanced missile with new technologies. The technologies incorporated in this version of Agni includes navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
• It is a three-stage propellant missile with nuclear warhead carrying capacity of more than one tonne.
• It is capable of striking a target more than 5000 kilometres.
• It is about 17 meters long and 2 meter wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
• Agni-5 has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
The last test of Agni missile with striking capacity of more than 3500 km range was carried out from the Wheeler Island in January 2015.
According to reports, after some more trials, the Agni-5 missile will be inducted into the services. With induction, India will join the super exclusive club of nations with Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 kilometre). The other nations in the list are the US, the UK Russia, France and China.