India successfully test-fires Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)- Agni-V
India successfully launched the 50-tonnes three-stage solid fuel-propelled missile with a strike range of 5000 kms from the Wheeler Island test range in Bhadrak district, Odhisha State around 8-07 a.m. from its launch pad. The Agni-5 is capable of carrying a payload of 11 quintals and can release multiple nuclear warheads.
With the successful test firing of the 17.5 metre tall missile from launch pad no.4 of Wheeler Island, India has joined the US, the UK, France, China and Russia who possess ICBMs of this range..
Avinash Chander and his team of about 800 scientists worked for nearly three years on the missile project and described the event as a great achievement.
In November last year, DRDO had successfully test fired the 3,500 km range Agni-4 missile adding muscle to India’s deterrent capability against its enemies.
The latest – Agni-V – is the most advanced version having several new technologies incorporated in it.
“The mission was successful. The missile hit the target in the Indian Ocean in a perfect way,” Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief VK Saraswat declared moments after the launch.
CONGRATS TO THE ENTIRE TEAM OF 800 SCIENTISTS LED BY SHRI.AVINASH CHANDER & The DRDO FRATERNITY FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE AND SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH