India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Agni-V long range nuclear-capable ballistic missile from the Launch Pad 4 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the country’s eastern coast on Sunday morning.
The missile was launched at around 9:50 a.m. local time (04:20 GMT) from the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island), an island off the coast of Odisha state.
The missile reportedly has a strike range of over 5,000 km. Some sources claims that it is able to reach around 8,000 km making it an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
According to the official release, all the radars, electro-optical tracking stations and telemetry stations tracked the missile all through the course of the trajectory and all the mission objectives have been achieved.
“The ships located in mid-range and at the target point have tracked the vehicle [missile] and witnessed the final event,” officials said.
Many new technologies developed indigenously were successfully tested in the Agni-V trial. Navigation systems, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) had ensured the missile reached the target point within few meters of accuracy, the officials added.
Agni-V is a three-stage solid fueled intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India. It is part of the Agni series of missiles, one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has congratulated all the DRDO Scientists, Staff, Armed Forces and Industries for the success of the mission. The launch comes just a few weeks after the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pokhran Nuclear test, when the country carried out five successful underground nuclear tests in the Thar desert.
This was the sixth trial of the missile. The first test of Agni-5 was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second on September 15, 2013, the third on January 31, 2015 and fourth on December 26, 2016. The last test was held on January 18, 2018. All the five earlier trials were successful.