Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Test Fired Successfully
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♦ The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 on 27 October.
♦ The test-fire happened from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
♦ Agni-5 is a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine.
♦ The missile can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy.
♦ The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target of more than 5,000 km.
♦ It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
♦ The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
♦ The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s declared policy to have ‘probable least deterrence’ that underpins the delegation to ‘No First Use’.