When: June 3, 2018
Where: Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island
- India, on June 3, 2018, successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-5.
- It was test fired from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
- This is the sixth developmental and third trial of the long range missile.
- Agni-5 will be inducted into the Services in the future course. Once this missile is inducted in Services, India will join the super exclusive club of countries with Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.
- The state-of-the-art surface-to-surface missile.
- It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- It has a strike range of 5,000 kilometres and can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
- It is about 17 metres long, 2 metres wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
- Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one ‘Agni-5’ is the most advanced having new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.