India tests Agni-V Nuclear Missile

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India tests Agni-V Nuclear Missile

By IndraStra Global News Team

India tests Agni-V Nuclear Missile

On December 10, 2018, India tested Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) having a strike range of 5,000 km (3,107 mi) was launched at 13.30 from a canister on a transporter erector launcher (TEL) at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha state (Bhadrak district).

The launch operations were carried out and monitored by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) in presence of Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other associated officials. This is the seventh trial of the this missile and this was its third successful test this year. The last test was held in June 2018. 

Image Attribute:  Agni-V is a three-stage missile, 17 metres tall, two meters wide and capable of carrying 1.5 ton of nuclear warheads. Launch dated December 10, 2018. 13:30 (IST). Location: Integrated Test Range (ITR), Dr. Abdul Kalam Island/ Source: PIB

Image Attribute:  Agni-V is a three-stage missile, 17.5 metres tall, two meters wide and capable of carrying 1.5 ton of nuclear warheads. Launch dated December 10, 2018. 13:30 (IST). Location: Integrated Test Range (ITR), Dr. Abdul Kalam Island/ Source: PIB

According to Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources, all the mission objectives were successfully achieved. During this test launch, the flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by multiple radars, tracking instruments and observation stations, said the source. The flight trajectory was commanded by the on-board computer with the support of Ring Laser Gyro-based inertial navigation system, micro inertial navigation system (MINS), fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics - allowing it to hit the designated target point accurately.

Besides Agni-V, India has so far developed three long-range missiles the Agni-II (2,000 km-range / 1,243 mi), Agni-III (3,500 km-range/2,175 mi), and Agni-IV (4,000 km-range/ 2,495 mi). However, the Agni-V ICBM has been designed by adding a third composite stage to the two-stage Agni-III missile. It is built with high composite content to reduce its overall operational weight.


Map Attribute: Range comparison of Agni Missiles (as per the Western experts) / Source: Wikipedia

Map Attribute: Range comparison of Agni Missiles (as per the Western experts) / Source: Wikipedia

With reporting by Press Information Bureau