India successfully test-fires Agni-5 ballistic missile

India on December 10, 2018, successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast. The missile was launched with the help of a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal. It was a user associated trial and was conducted by the Strategic Force Command with DRDO scientists. This was the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile.

Key Highlights:-

1. Agni 5 is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India.
2. The missile is a part of the Agni series of missiles, one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
3. Agni-V is a three-stage missile, 17 metres tall, two metres wide and capable of carrying 1.5 tonnes of nuclear warheads.
4. Unlike other Agni missiles, Agni-5 is the most advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
5. The missile has been designed to hit the designated target point accurately, guided by the onboard computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics.

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