With an aim to strengthen its nuclear deterrence, India test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Monday. With a range of more than 5,000 km, the Agni-5 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO for successfully test-firing the missile. He added that it’ll enhance the country’s strategic and deterrence capabilities.

 

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Launch of the Agni V
Type Intercontinental ballistic missile
Place of origin India
Service history
In service 2016-Current
Used by Strategic Forces Command
Production history
Designer Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO)
Manufacturer Bharat Dynamics Limited
Unit cost ₹50 crore (US$7 million)
Specifications
Weight 50,000 kg
Length 17.5 m
Diameter 2 metres (6 ft 7 in)
Warhead Nuclear
Warhead weight 1,500 kilograms (3,300 lb)

Engine Three stage solid fuel
Operational
range
Over 5,000 kilometres (3,100 mi) Upto 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi)
Speed Mach 24 (terminal phase)
Guidance
system
Ring laser gyroscope and inertial navigation system, optionally augmented by GPS/IRNSS. Terminal guidance with possible radar scene correlation
Steering
system
flex-nozzle Thrust vectoring(all stages)
Accuracy less than 10 m
Launch
platform
8 × 8 Tatra TEL and rail mobile launcher (canisterised missile package)
Transport Road or rail mobile