India test fires 5000-km range ICBM Agni-V

Bhubaneswar, Jan 18: India on Thursday successfully test fired Intercontinental 5000-km range surface to surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V from Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, said “we have successfully launched nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today”.

The Agni-V was last tested on December 26, 2016, which was then described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage missile.

The tri-Service SFC was established in 2003 to manage India’s nuclear arsenal, will have to carry out several more user-trials before the 50-tonne missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction.

Once the Agni-V inducted, India will seal the spot in super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500km) alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.


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