India has test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-V that can hit targets located up to 5,000km away.
An Indian Ministry of Defence statement said that the missile was successfully launched from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha, without elaborating on other details.
“The successful test of Agni-V is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’,” the statement added.
The missile followed a perfect flight trajectory and hit the target within 15 to 18 minutes, reported The Hindustan Times quoting officials aware of the testing.
Agni-V is equipped with a three-stage solid-fuelled engine and uses advanced guidance systems to hit targets with a high degree of accuracy.
This was the first time that the ballistic missile was launched at night.
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The Agni missiles, which includes a family of medium to intercontinental-range ballistic missiles, are developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
Earlier this year, DRDO tested a new generation advanced ballistic missile variant Agni-P (Prime) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island. This variant is a ‘canisterised’ surface-to-surface missile with a 1,000km to 2,000km range.
It is equipped with a new class of propulsion and guidance and can hit enemy vessels located as far as in the Indo-Pacific.
This year, DRDO has also tested Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG).