Agni V test-fired off Odisha

India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

This is the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile.Agni-V is a three stage missile, 17 metres tall, two metres wide and capable of carrying 1.5 tonne of nuclear warheads.

Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-V is the most-advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

It was an user associated trial and strategic force command with DRDO scientist conducted it. The missile has been designed to hit the designated target point accurately, guided by the on-board computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics. The first two flights of Agni5 in 2012 and 2013 were in open configuration.

The third, fourth and fifth launches were from canister integrated with a mobile launcher, in its deliverable configuration to enable launch of the missile with a very short preparation time as compared to an open launch. The sixth trial was in June during which the missile was fired from a mobile launcher. Several new technologies were successfully tested during the sixth trial.

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