Agni 5: The most advanced missile in the Agni series, with a range of over 5,000 kilometers. India successfully conducted a night test of the Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile in Odisha state on Thursday. A defense official said the accuracy of the missile hitting the target is very high.
India on Thursday conducted a successful night trial of nuclear.
Capable Agni V ballistic missile that can strike targets beyond 5,000 km. The test was carried out to validate new technologies. Equipment on the missile that are now lighter than before.
The intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile was fired from Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha. Interestingly, the test trials come amid recent border tensions with China, wherein Indian troops clashed with Chinese counterparts in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Agni-V project is aimed at boosting India’s nuclear deterrence against China. Which is known to have missiles like Dongfeng-41 having ranges between 12,000-15,000 km.
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The Agni-5 is the most advanced missile in the Agni family
It has a strike range of over 5000 km India’s Agni arsenal. Apart from the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni 5, includes the Agni 1 with a range of 700 km. The Agni 2 with a range of 2,000 km. The Agni 3 with a range of 2,500 km to over 3,500 km and Agni-4.
It has a height of 17 meters and is capable of carrying a 1.5 ton warhead. The missile is capable of hitting targets at ranges of up to 5,000 kilometers with very high accuracy Depending on the test results.
The test was carried out to verify the advanced technology. New equipment of the missile which is now lighter, the official said. The official added that the launch took place within the predetermined range and checked all the operating parameters of the system.
The test proved that the Agni 5 missile has the ability to increase range if needed, the defense source said.