India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

India Agni missile test

India Agni missile test

The test firing of the ballistic missile took place from Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast at 9:53 am.

India successfully test fired the nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V on Thursday, in its final operational configuration with a strike range of 5,000 kilometres. The tri-Service SFC, established in 2003 to manage India's nuclear arsenal, will have to conduct a few more user-trials before the 50-tonne missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction.

The missile is developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

UN Security Council Resolution 1172, which was unanimously adopted in 1998 following nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, calls upon the two countries to cease development of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

Commanded by the onboard computer with a support of highly accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system, modern micro inertial navigation system (MINS), fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics, the missile hit the designated target point accurately, meeting all mission objectives.

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According toreports, the missile's canister-launch version makes it deadlier as it gives the armed forces the option of rapid launch as the missile can be kept in a state of readiness.

India now has the Agni-I (700-km range), Agni-II (2,000-km range), Agni-III and Agni-IV (over 3,500-km range), and the supersonic Brahmos missiles.

Prime Minister reserves the exclusive right to launch the missile - If ever the situation arises then these missiles can be launched only after the orders of the Prime Minister of India and no one else.

Agni-5's most recent test was in late December 2016, the fifth test.

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