No more testing for Agni-V missile

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No more testing for Agni-V missile

  • DRDO has ruled out further user trials of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5.
  • India has already conducted seven tests of this missile with a range of more than five thousand kilometers.
  • India will not conduct any more tests of the nuclear capable missile before induction now.

Agni-V missile

  • Agni-5 is a three stage, solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with an improved accuracy and shorter launch time over previous Agni series missiles.
  • Its operational range is over 5,000 km.
  • Unlike earlier missiles, the Agni-V launches from a sealed canister on a road-mobile launcher, compressing the time needed to prepare for launch.

Key features of missile

  • The weight of Agni-5 is about 50 thousand kilograms.
  • The missile is 1.75 meters long with a diameter of 2 meters.
  • A warhead weighing one thousand 500 kg will be placed on top of the solid fuel three-stage rocket booster.
  • The ICBM will be 24 times faster than the speed of sound traveling at its fastest speed of 8.16 kilometers per second, achieving a top speed of 29,401 kilometers per hour.
  • The missile is equipped with Ring Laser Gyroscope Inertial Navigation System (NAVIC) which works with satellite guidance.

Testings of Agni-5

  • The first successful test of Agni-5 was conducted on 19 April 2012.
  • Subsequent tests were conducted in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018.