NEW DELHI: India’s longest range nuclear capable missile, Agni-5 on Monday will be test fired at Kalam Island away from the Odisha coast by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile, the latest in India’s “Agni” family of medium to intercontinental range missiles, has been through three trials before. According to the scientist, The Agni 5 nuclear capable missile with new technology for navigation and guidance provides India the strategic depth it needs to contain its enemies.
Agni-5 Missile has a range of over 5,000 km and can carry about a 1,000-kg warhead. It can target almost all of Asia including Pakistan and China and Europe.
Some points have been given below:
1. This will be the first test of the Agni-5 missile after India became a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime, a 35-nation group to check the spread of unmanned delivery systems for nuclear weapons.
2. The solid propellant driven missile will be tested from a canister which gives it all-weather and any terrain mobile launch capability.
3. The 17-metre long Agni-5 Missile weighs about 50 tonnes.
4. The surface-to-surface missile is a fire-and-forget system that cannot be easily detected as it follows a ballistic trajectory.
5. India describes the Agni – 5 missile system as a ‘weapon of peace’.
6. The first missile of the series, Agni-I was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and tested in 1989.
7. In the series, Agni-1 has a 700-km range, Agni-2 has a 2,000 km range, and Agni-3 and Agni-4 have a 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.
8. The Agni-6 is reported to be in early stages of development and the latest and most advanced version, capable of being launched from submarines as well as from land, with a strike-range of 8,000-10,000 km.