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    Default Agni-V: All you want to know about it

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    India is planning a test launch of a new ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai. The test fire of the missile will be conducted from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.

    Here are some facts about the Agni V missile:

    1) The test of the Agni-V missile is seen as a major step in India's efforts to become a regional power that can counter the dominance of China.

    2) The Agni-V is a three-stage missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles).

    3) The Agni-III is India's current longest-range missile and can cover a distance of 3,500 kilometers (2,100 miles).

    4) Only the US, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM. DRDO has also placed necessary equipments to collect data on the trajectory and flight of the missile and other necessary data which will be studied further for its future development.

    5) Agni-V will be a three-stage, all solid fuel powered, 17-metre tall missile with capability to carry various forms of payload, officials said.

    6) The Agni-V was built at a reported cost of Rs 25 billion ($486 million). It could be used to carry multiple warheads or to launch satellites into orbit.



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    India on Thursday conducted the maiden test of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni V ballistic missile with a strike range of over 5,000 km, from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

    The three-stage solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.05 a.m., defence sources said.

    “The mission was successful. The missile hit the target in Indian Ocean in a perfect way,” Chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), V. K. Saraswat said.

    Soon after the maiden launch took place, Agni V witnessed a smooth and perfect vertical lift-off from the launcher and analysis was done to assess its health parameters after retrieval of date from all the sophisticated wide range of communication network systems, they said.

    “The sleek missile, within a few seconds of its blast-off from the Island launch pad roared majestically into the sky leaving behind its trajectory, a trail of thin orange and white smoke before disappearing,” said an eyewitness to the launch, conducted amid light drizzle.

    The surface-to-surface Agni V is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away. It is about 17 metre long and two metre wide with launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The sophisticated missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
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