India's ICBM 'AGNI-V' To Undergo Another Pre-Induction Test This Year

Violet Powell
January 21, 2018

India is all set to enter the super exclusive club of countries with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) after it successfully launched Agni-V in a pre-induction trial on Thursday, January 18.

It was conducted off a test range from Odisha's Abdul Kalam island.

"All mission objectives were successfully met".

"The missile's flight performance was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission. This successful test of Agni-5 reaffirms the country's indigenous missile capabilities and further strengthens our credible deterrence", said India's defense ministry.

The test was the new weapon's final operational configuration, bringing it one step closer to being a deployable warhead in India's land-based ballistic missiles arsenal.

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Thursday's launch was the fifth test of the missile which has a range of 5,000 to 6,000 km.

Previous Indian missiles were mostly designed as deterrents against Pakistan, but the 4,000-km-range Agni-IV and the new missile have China as their potential target, reports said.

Still, the Agni-V has not yet officially rotated into the menagerie of missiles in the employ of India's Strategic Forces Command, which manages the country's nuclear weapons stockpile.

The missile, part of an Agni series, was developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India.

A "boost" it may be, but it is not a first: The inaugural test of the Agni-V occurred in 2012, and the country has tested this three-stage missile several times since, including a launch celebrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016.

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