India has successfully tested Agni-V, validating the long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile’s reliability.
According to a statement from Defence Ministry, ‘This was the fifth test of the missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.
The missile was tested for its full range at 9.53 a.m. from the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. The launch was supervised by project director G. Ramaguru and programme director M.R.M. Babu. The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission.
It should be noted that Agni-V, with a range of over 5,000 km, is India’s longest range ballistic missile and can reach most parts of China, making it the mainstay of India’s triad to deliver nuclear weapons.