Test-fire nuclear capable Agni-V

India will test its intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Monday. This will be the fourth test of Agni-V missile, which has previously had had it’s first test on April 19, 2012, the second test on September 15, 2013 and third test on January 31, 2015.

The missile is a three stage, solid propellant missile and is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away, having an accuracy of within a few meters. It is 17-meter in length and 2-meter in width, with a launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of more than 1 tonne. The Agni-V boats of new technologies like Ring laser Gyro based Inertial navigation system (RINS), Micro navigation System (MINS), high-speed on-board computer and fault tolerant software.

In the Indian Agni series, Agni-I has a range of 700 km, Agni-II with 2,000 km, Agni-III with more than 2,500 km and Agni-IV more than 3,500 km. Thus, Agni-V is said to be having the longest range yet. Read the full article here.

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