Agni-5 ICBM Successfully Launched by India
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Agni-5 ICBM Successfully Launched by India

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Agni-5 ICBM Successfully Launched by India

On October 27, 2021, India successfully test-fired the Agni-5 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha, at 7:50 pm. It can accurately strike targets up to 5,000 km away, in what is being seen as a "strong message to China". The missile uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine and can strike targets with a very high degree of accuracy.

According to a press release issued by India's Ministry of Defence , "The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’.

Agni-5 belongs Agni family of missiles (1 to 5, and Prime) designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). At present, apart from the Agni-5, other Agni missiles that India has in its armory are: Agni-1 with a 700-km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3, and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.

With a launch mass of around 50 tonnes (49 long tons; 55 short tons) and a development cost of over ₹2,500 crores (US$332 million), Agni-V incorporated advanced technologies involving ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance. It took its first stage from Agni-III, with a modified second stage and a miniaturized third stage enabling it to fly a distance of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 mi). The second and third stages are completely made of composite material to reduce weight. With a canister-launch system to impart higher road mobility, the missile, will give the armed forces much greater operational flexibility than the earlier generation of Agni missiles.

Earlier in June, India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni Prime or Agni-P ballistic missile - a medium-range ballistic missile touted as a successor for Agni 1 and 2. 

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