Agni-5, the Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile was successfully flight tested by DRDO on Monday at 1100hrs from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, enabling deployment of nuclear weapons capability from a canister on a road mobile launcher.
The full range test-flight of the missile has further boosted the indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence level of the country. All the Radars, tracking systems and Range Stations tracked and monitored the flight performance and all the Mission objectives were successfully met.
This was the 4th test of Agni-5 missile and the second one from a Canister on a Road Mobile Launcher. All the four missions have been successful.
Congratulating the DRDO team, President Pranab Mukherjee said the successful test flight of Agni-V which will enhance the country’s strategic and deterrence capabilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated DRDO on successful test firing of Agni-V saying that it is the result of hard work of DRDO and its scientists which makes every Indian proud and adds tremendous strength to our strategic defence.
Agni-V is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by DRDO as part of the Agni series of missiles. Though DRDO chief keeps the exact range of Agni V as a missile with a range of 5,500–5,800 km, some Chinese reports claim the missile has a range of around 8,000 km or 5,000 miles.
The missile is easy to transport by road through the canister-launch missile system which is distinct from those of the earlier Agni missiles.It can carry MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles) payloads being developed. A single MIRV equipped missile can deliver multiple warheads at different targets.
With a launch mass of around 50 tonnes and a development cost of over ₹2,500 crore (US$372 million), Agni-V features ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance, giving the armed forces much greater operational flexibility than the earlier-generation of Agni missiles.