AGNI 5 missile test launched

Bhubaneswar, Sept 14 : India on Sunday test-launched Agni-5, which can carry a nuclear warhead up to 5,500-5,800 km, from the wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.

The test-launch, which clearly sends a signal to China since it can carry the warhead to any part of the giant neighbour, was carried out at 8:43 am.

The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Agni-V is expected to be operational by 2014 to 2015 after four to five repeatable tests by the DRDO, reports said.

The solid-fuelled Agni-5 can meet the threat perceptions and security concerns of India as it can strike in targets across Asia and into Europe.

The missile was designed to be easy to transport by road through the utilization of a canister-launch missile system which is distinct from those of the earlier Agni missiles.

Agni-V would also carry MIRV(multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles) payloads being concurrently developed. A single MIRV equipped missile can deliver multiple warheads at different targets.

--IBNS (Posted on 15-09-2013)

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