Nuclear capable Agni-5 successfully test-fired

What: Agni-5

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.

About Agni-5

  • 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. 

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