India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile. The 5000-km range ballistic missile was fired off from the Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast at 9:53 am.This is the fifth test of the Agni-5 missile. The fourth test was held on December 26, 2016. All four previous missions have been successful.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed the launch of the missile. “We have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V today,” she said soon after the launch.
Agni-V is India’s perfect answer to China’s developed armour
The Agni missiles, including Agni-V, are crucial for India’s defence keeping in mind China- since the country has in recent times, deployed missiles in the Tibet Autonomous Region bordering India. China is only getting bolder.
Once fired, the Agni-V cannot be stopped
Yes. And the missile travels faster than a bullet. Plus, it can carry 1,000 kgs of nuclear weapons. The fact that the Agni can be launched using a special canister means that it could even be launched from the roadside.
Agni-V is India’s longest-range missile to carry a nuclear warhead
The missile carries the capacity to load a nuclear warhead weighing over a tonne. Here is the man behind it all – Project Director, Avinash Chander.
The way Agni-V thrusts forward is amazing
Okay, first of all, the missile is about a big seventeen metres tall. So, when it is fired, the first rocket takes it to a height of 40 kilometres, the second pushes it past 150 kilometres and the third takes it over 300 kilometres above the earth. In its final stage, the missile reaches a height of approximately 800 kilometres.
The first of many
Agni-V is India’s first 5,000-kilometre range missile and it is a matter of pride for us all.