Nuclear-capable Agni-5 successfully test-fired

Nuclear-capable Agni-5 successfully test-fired

The long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 lifts off from the mobile launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range at the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Bay of Bengal on Sunday. PTI

India on Sunday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, at 9.45 am, defence sources said.

Describing the flight test as successful, a defence press note said: “All the radars, electro optical tracking stations and telemetry stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved.”

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has congratulated all the DRDO scientists, staff and the armed forces. This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-5 which covered its full distance during the test.

Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, said a DRDO official.

Many new technologies were successfully tested in the Agni-5 trial. 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 reached the target point within a few meters of accuracy, the official explained.