April 18th, 2012
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Agni-V to be test fired today

agni-VNew Delhi: Agni-V, India’s most powerful ballistic missile with the longest range will be test fired from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast this evening. Agni-V is an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile with a range of 5000 km range. The test will last 18 to 20 minutes before the missile impacts the target point 5000 km away deep inside the Indian Ocean.

The 17-metre-long and 50-tonne missile can carry a 1.1-tonne nuclear warhead. However, in this mission, it will carry a dummy payload. Many crucial technologies will be tested during the flight of the missile, whose three stages are being propelled by solid fuel. DRDO has placed necessary equipments to collect data on the trajectory and flight of the missile and other necessary data which will be studied further for its future development.

The success of the mission will enable India join a select band of nations with capability to design, develop and produce Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). DRDO Chief V K Saraswat had recently said the missile is being integrated at various facilities for the test launch which will be witnessed by military officials and other agencies which participated in its development. Only the US, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM.


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