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Agni-5 successfully test-fired by India


Jan 31,New Delhi: India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed,ICBM intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over 1 tonne, from Wheeler's Island off Odisha coast.

The three stage, solid propellant "missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.06 hours," ITR Director M V K V Prasad said.

The three-stage missile is about 17 metres long and weighs 50 tons. The first rocket engine takes it to a height of about 40 kilometres. The second stage pushes it to about 150 kilometres. The third stage takes it to about 300 kilometres above the Earth. And the missile finally reaches a height of about 800 kilometres.

The missile that travels faster than a bullet can be launched only on direct orders from the Prime Minister

The missile was launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher at Wheeler's Island off Odisha coast.