NEW DELHI: The Agni-V programme aims to strengthen India’s nuclear deterrence against China, which is reported to possess missiles with ranges between 12,000 and 15,000 kilometres, including the Dongfeng-41.
According to those familiar with the situation, India successfully tested the Agni-V nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Thursday. This accomplishment significantly increased the nation’s strategic deterrence.
India successfully completed the night tests of the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday in an effort to increase its nuclear deterrence. It has a range of more than 5500 kilometres, according to the sources. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) created a missile that was tested at a defence installation from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha coast.
According to sources, the test was done to verify new equipment and technology on the missile, which is now lighter than before. According to sources, the trial demonstrated that the Agni-5 missile can increase its range if necessary.
India successfully test-fired the Agni-V missile in October.
“A successful launch of the Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was carried out on October 27, 2021, at approximately 1950 hrs from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy,” said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a statement.
It can deliver a payload of 1.5 tonnes and weighs roughly 50 tonnes, broadly fitting into the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile category. India is the eighth nation after the US, UK, Russia, China, France, Israel, and North Korea to possess intercontinental ballistic missiles.
There are five missiles in the Agni series; the most sophisticated, Agni-V, underwent its first test in 2012. Currently, India also possesses the Agni-1, which has a range of 700 km, the Agni-2, which has a range of 2,000 km, the Agni-3, and the Agni-4, which have a range of 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km.