Agni-V Ballistic Missile Flight-Tested Successfully
Validating India’s Long Range Ballistic Missile capabilities, the Agni-V Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile has completed its fifth successful test-flight. The Agni-5, which is the most advanced in the Agni series, has been test-fired from a canister on a road mobile launcher at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, and flight-tested for its full range this time. The missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead, flew about 4900Kms in 19 minutes.
The flight performance of the missile has been tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems throughout the mission. The defence ministry officials have said that the test has met all objectives of the mission. This successful test of Agni-5 reaffirms the country’s indigenous missile capabilities, and further strengthens the credible deterrence. The 17-metre-long 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 India’s prime nuclear-capable missile.
Agni-V has been incorporated with new technologies in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine. The advanced navigation systems, high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) help the missile to hit the target with utmost precision. The missile is programmed in such a way that once it reaches the peak of its trajectory, it will take a U-turn and fly towards the intended target with an increased speed due to gravity. The advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system ensures it path precisely.
The last three launches of Agni-V from a canister, integrated with a mobile sophisticated launcher, enables launch of the missile with a very short preparation time as compared to an open configuration, which has been used in the first two launches in 2012 and 2013. It also has advantages of higher reliability, longer shelf life, less maintenance and enhanced mobility.
The launch operations have been led by Project Director, Agni-5, G Ramaguru and Programme Director, Agni, MRM Babu. Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems Dr G Satheesh Reddy has monitored the launch. Directors of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Labs namely ASL, DRDL, ITR, RCI and TBRL have reviewed the entire launch operations. Chairman DRDO & Secretary DDR&D Dr S Christopher has congratulated Agni-5 team and said that the fifth consecutive successful flight test of Agni-5 is a major boost to country’s defence capabilities.