India’s indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ was today successfully test-launched from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. This was the fourth and final test of the missile.

The missile, with a strike range of 6,000 km, will balance out China’s military muscle. It will give India long-range strike capability.

Here’s what makes it unique:

1) The Agni V is an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,500 to 5,800 km.

2) Agni V is nuclear capable, with a payload capacity of 1,500 kg of high-explosive warhead.

3) It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

) It is the fifth variant in the series of medium to long range Agni missiles. Agni I, II, III have already been inducted for military use.

5) The successful induction of Agni V will give India long-range strike capability.

6) The missile has previously been tested in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

7) Once the Agni-V is inducted, India will join the superexclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500km) alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.

8) Agni-V is capable of striking even the northernmost parts of China

It was launched around 11.05 a.m. from a mobile launcher complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), defence sources said.

“We are analysing the test launch after collecting information from radars. The report suggests it is a successful launch,” said an official source.

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the successful launch.

“Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni-V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.

The missile is developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

The Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has the capability to strike targets anywhere in all of Asia and parts of Africa and Europe.

Agni-V is one of the most advanced missiles, which is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. It is about 17 metres long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes.

The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Once the Agni-V is inducted in the Indian military, India will join the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and Britain.

The first test of Agni-V was conducted on April 19, 2012, while the second test was launched on September 15, 2013 and the third was on January 31, 2015.

Source:ET/ToI