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India successfully tests nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile

India has successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Integrated Test Range on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island. This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art missile Agni-5, which covered its full distance during the test.

Jun 4, 2018 13:32 IST
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India on June 3, 2018 successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Integrated Test Range on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island.

The long-range surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 5,000 km was fired from a mobile launcher off the Odisha coast. All the radars, electro-optical tracking stations and telemetry stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. The launch was reported to have achieved all its mission objectives.

Key Highlights

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art missile Agni-5, which covered its full distance during the test.

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

Several new technologies were successfully tested during the Agni-5 trial.

The navigation systems- very-high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System and the modern and highly-accurate Micro Navigation System ensured that the missile reached within a few metres of the target.

The missile comprised a high-speed onboard computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus, which were able to guide it flawlessly.

About Agni 5

 India successfully tests nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile

• Agni-V 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.

• 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 canisterised test of the missile on a road-mobile launcher and the first in its final operational configuration. The missile covered a distance of 4,900 km in 19 minutes.

• The Agni series includes Agni-1 with a range of 700-900 km, Agni-2 with 2000-3000km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 3000 km to more than 4000 km range.

 

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