India on Thursday successfully conducted a test of the ‘Agni-V’ missile from the Abdul Kalam Island (earlier referred as Wheeler Island) off the Odisha coast.
The indigenously built Agni-V surface-to-surface nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was tested for the fifth time. This was part of the user trials. This time it was tested to its full potential in terms of the striking range of 5000 Km.
The first test of the missile was conducted in 2012, the second test was carried out on September 15, 2013, the third was carried out on January 31, 2015, and the fourth one was conducted in December, 2016.
Agni V missile is developed by DRDO, is about 17 meters in length, two meters in width and has a launch weight of around 50 tons. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one ton.
After few trials, the missile will be inducted into the Armed Forces.