Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Launched Successfully Off Odisha Coast
Date: June 3, 2018
Type of Missile: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile(ICBM), Surface to earth
Launch from: Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha coast
India successfully tested its Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V again for the sixth time from Odisha. The first test took place in April 2012 and was a success. Since then, the missile has been tested with success five more times. The missile was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO). While the DRDO did not disclose the range of the missile initially, they later stated it had a range of 5500 to 5800 km.
Features of Agni-V Missile
Agni is the most sophisticated of the Agni series to date and has the longest range. Some Chinese scientists have speculated that the actual range is more in the region of 8,000 km. Sunday’s test represented another feather in India’s ballistic missile capabilities. During the test, the flight performance of the missile was tracked through instruments throughout as it plunged into the Indian Ocean. Agni-V has a completely different system for navigation and guidance from the previous missiles in the series.
The engine technology and warheads were also the most sophisticated Indian effort. The DRDO scientists after the test state that the missile had hit its targets with an accuracy of meters. This was facilitated by the Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the modern Micro Navigation System (MINS).
The prime features of Agni-V Missile are it’s most sophisticated version and the longest range.
The significance of Agni-5 Missile
The ICBM weighs 50,000 kgs, has a length of 17.5 m and has a unit cost of 50 crores rupees. It is powered by a three-stage engine that runs on solid fuel. It can be launched from transport erector launchers as well as rail-mobile launchers. It has been tested from either launch bases in the previous tests.
Quick Facts of Ballistic Missile Agni-5
- Agni-5 first time tested in April 2012 and it was successful.
- Agni-5 missile is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO).
- The missile can acquire a maximum speed of Mach 24 in its terminal phases. It can carry a warhead weight of 1500 kgs within an accuracy of 10-80 m.
- Agni-5 powered by a three-stage engine that runs on solid fuel
- India will conduct next user-assisted trials of the Agni-V meaning that the Armed Forces will conduct tests. This will pave the way for operational deployment of the missiles.
Agni-5 missile is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO)