India successfully test-fires Agni-V missile and its ready for induction
India today test-fired Agni-V missile from launch pad no 4 of integrated test range(ITR) at Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast.
The missile with a range of 5000-km is a surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile.Agni-V is capable of carrying nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.
India’s Strategic Forces Command successfully test-fired the Agni-V Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in the first ever user trial of this system. DRDO scientists provided telemetry and range support.
Today’s Agni-V test was a Cannisterised, ‘Cold Launch’, it was more of a user assisted trial, with both SFC and DRDO participating.
China claiming Agni 5 has a range of 8000km.And it is important to note that With this range India can attack any part of china .
Agni-V was last tested on December 26, 2016.There was no immediate word on whether the first “user-trial” of the nuclear-capable Agni-V missile, which can even reach the northern-most parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000-km, had met all the parameters laid down for the test.
“We have successfully launched nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today,” ANI quoted defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman as saying.
The missile’s canister-launch version makes it deadlier since it gives the armed forces requisite flexibility to swiftly transport and fire the missile from anywhere they want.
Once the Agni-5 is inducted, India will join the super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500km) alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.
Agni 5 is a China specific missile , while SFC has inducted the Agni-I, Agni-II and Agni-III missiles. While these missiles are mainly geared towards Pakistan, the Agni-IV and Agni-V are specifically meant for deterrence against China.