India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Agni V ICBM a seventh time


New Delhi, December 10: The indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni V, was test fired off the Odisha coast on Monday. The test was successful.
According to reports, the missile was launched at 1.30 pm from the Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district.
The surface-to-surface missile has a strike range of 5,000 km. The missile can strike targets as far as Eastern Europe, East Africa and anywhere in China.
Developed by the Strategic Forces Command and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni V is the most advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
This was the seventh trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-V ballistic missile. It was last tested on 3 June 2018.
Reports had in July this year stated that India was read to induct the first batch of Agni V into the elite Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
A series of user trials will be conducted before the country’s most sophisticated weapon is handed over to the SFC. The SFC has currently deployed only the first three types of Agni missiles. The Agni IV is yet to be deployed.
There was, however, no specific date of induction of the missile. (Agencies)