India on Monday successfully test fired indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
Agni-5 At a Glance
Originated From: India
Possessed By: India
Class: InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
Length: 17.5-20 m
Diameter: 2.0-2.2 m
Launch Weight: 49,000-55,000 kg
Propulsion: Three-stage solid propellant
Range: 5,000-8,000 km
Here are a few things you should know about Agni-5.
The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 ton. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one ton.
Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one ‘Agni-5’ is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
Lot of new technologies developed indigenously was successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial. The redundant navigation systems, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) had ensured the Missile reach the target point within few meters of accuracy.
India has at present in its armory of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3500 km range. After some few more trials, Agni-5 will be inducted into the services.
India joined the elite club of countries like US, Russia, the UK, France and China, which boast Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capabilities, when it first tested the Agni-V in 2012.
Agni 5’s test launch is the first such missile test since India joined 34-nation Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in July 2016. MTCR membership enabled India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.