India has successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile from a test range off the Odisha coast, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. The home-grown intercontinental range missile, with a strike range of 5,000 kilometres, is the most potent and longest range in its class in India.
The three-stage, 17-metre tall, two-metre wide Agni-5 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.
India has successfully test fired the 5000-km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-V at 9:53am today. The Made in India canistered missile, having 3 stages of propulsion, was test fired from Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast #MakeInIndia4Defence
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 18, 2018
The missile was tested from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The Agni-5 was last tested on December 26, 2016. The missile will eventually join the arsenal of the tri-Service Strategic Forces Command.
With Agni-5, India will join the super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs or intercontinental ballistic missiles (with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km); the others are the US, Britain, Russia, China and France.
The missile’s canister-launch version gives the armed forces flexibility to swiftly transport and fire the missile from anywhere. India can now target China once Agni – 5 is inducted into Armed forces.
Pakistan is already on target attack reach or Indian Missiles. Now, with Agni-5 China will be an easy target incase of war.