India on 18 January 2018 successfully tested Agni-V, validating the long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile’s reliability. This was the fifth test of the missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.
The missile was tested for its full range at 9.53 a.m. from the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. The launch was supervised by project director G. Ramaguru and programme director M.R.M. Babu. The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission.
Agni-V, with a range of over 5,000 km, is India’s longest range ballistic missile and can reach most parts of China, making it the mainstay of India’s triad to deliver nuclear weapons.
Describing the trial as “fully successful,” the sources said, the sophisticated missile travelled for 19 minutes and covered 4,900 km. Agni-V is the most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.