India on Thursday successfully tested Agni-V, validating the long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile’s reliability.
“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.
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.
The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country.
Agni-V is the most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
The Agni series of missiles, including Agni-V, is crucial for India’s defence vis-a-vis China since Beijing has upped the ante in recent times by deploying missiles in Tibet Autonomous Region bordering India.
Once fired, it cannot be stopped. It travels faster than a bullet and can carry 1,000 kilograms of nuclear weapons. It can be launched using a special canister.