Five facts about India’s longest range nuclear missile, ‘Agni 5’

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Agni 5, Representative Image

Agni 5, the longest range nuclear missile of India tested today.


India’s longest range nuclear capable missile, Agni 5 was tested at Kalam Island off the Odisha today and it was a successful test. It was tested by Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO.

According to reports, Agni 5 which is the newest addition in the Agni family has been through three trials before.

Notably, The Agni 5 missile has the new technology for navigation and guidance. And it will give India the strategic depth it needs to contain its enemies, say scientists.

Agni 5, Representative Image
Agni 5, Representative Image

As per reports, after a few more trials, it will soon join India’s military arsenal.

Notably, this will be the first test the of Agni -5 missile after India became member of the Missile Technology Control Regime.

The Regime is the group of 35-nation group to check the spread of unmanned delivery systems for nuclear weapons.

Here are five facts about the Missile:

1. It has a range of over 5,000 km and can carry about a 1,000-kg warhead.

2. The missile has the capacity to target almost all of Asia including Pakistan and China and Europe.

3. According to reports, the 17-metre long Agni-5 Missile weighs about 50 tonnes and is a very agile and modern weapon system.

4. Agni 1,2,3 and 4 are already in the arsenal of India. Apart from it, India has a supersonic cruise missiles like Brahmos.

5 .India has described the Agni – 5 missile system as a ‘weapon of peace’ and according to reports, Agni 6 is in the early stage of development.

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