India successfully test-fires Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Balasore, June 3: India today successfully test-fired Agni-5 ballistic missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island in Balasore district of Odisha.

The ballistic missile was tested from launch pad number 4 at around 9.50 am. This was for the sixth time the missile was tested successfully. It was last tested on January 18 this year.

‘Agni-5’ is an indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile with a strike range of 5,000 km that can reach almost all parts of China.

Before this, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had condcuted five tests of the Agni-5 missile, the last one on January 18 this year. The first test was conducted on April 19, 2012.

The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target at 5,000 km away. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

This is perhaps the first long-range missile whose flight test is being conducted for the second time in a short span.

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