India successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5

Posted on:26 Dec 2016 18:25:37
India successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5
26 December 2016 Current Affairs: India successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5. The state-of-the-art surface-to-surface missile was test fired successfully from the launch complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. It was the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the missile.

Agni-5 missile  : Agni 5 is three-stage solid propellant ICBM indigenously developed by developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Unlike other missiles of Agni series, Agni-5 is the most advanced having new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine. It is about 17 metre long, 2 metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. 

This is the fourth developmental and second trial of the long range missile. The missile is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 kilometres with nuclear warhead carrying capacity of more than 1 tonne. Thus, it can hit most northern parts of China and other parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. It has not yet inducted into the Services. It carries Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRV) payloads. A single MIRV equipped missile that can deliver multiple warheads at different targets. It is also incorporates advanced technologies involving ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance.

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