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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Dec 26:

Intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V was test fired from launchpad-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast at 11.05 am today.

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It is the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the missile, sources said.

“We are analysing the test launch after collecting information from radars. The report suggests it is a successful launch,” said an official source.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-V is about 17 metres long, 2 metres wide and can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne upto a distance of more than 5,000 km.

The three-stage, solid propellant missile has the capability to strike targets anywhere in Asia and parts of Africa and Europe.

Agni-V has been incorporated with advanced technologies in terms of navigation and guidance warhead and engine as it possesses advanced ring-laser gyros, composite rocket motors, highly accurate micro and inertial navigation systems.

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the successful launch.

“Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni-V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.

“Successful test firing of Agni-V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted.

Once the Agni-V is inducted in the Indian military, India would join the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and Britain.

The first test of Agni-V was conducted on April 19, 2012, while the second test was launched on September 15, 2013. (With IANS inputs)