India successfully tested the Agni-5 surface-to-surface ballistic missile, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. The missile, which uses a 3-stage solid fuel engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges of up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of precision.
“A successful launch of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5, was carried out on October 27 at approximately 1950 hours from APJ Abdul Kalam island, Odisha,” the ministry said.
The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy of having a ‘credible minimal deterrence’ supporting the ‘Do not use for the first time’ pledge.
The surface-to-surface missile developed in the country, Agni-5, is capable of reaching a target at more than 5,000 km. It is about 17 meters long, 2 meters wide, and has a launch weight of around 50 tons. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one ton.
Unlike other missiles in the Agni series, the latest ‘Agni-5’ is the most advanced and has incorporated some new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and motor.
Many of the new indigenously developed technologies were successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial. Redundant navigation systems, the very high precision ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and the most modern and accurate micro navigation system (MINS) had ensured that the missile reached the target point within a few meters. precision.
The high-speed on-board computer and fault-tolerant software along with a robust and reliable bus guided the missile smoothly, an official said.
India currently has in its arsenal the Agni series, Agni-1 with a range of 700 km, Agni-2 with a range of 2,000 km, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with a range of 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km.
With contributions from the agency
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