Agni V missile

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is set to conduct the first canister-based trial of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), off the Odisha coast on 31 January.

DRDO sources were quoted by The Hindu as saying that pre-mission activities are underway on Wheeler Island.

During the test, the nuclear-capable missile will be launched in the final induction configuration from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher.

Radars, telemetry and electro-optical tracking systems will be spread out and deployed in a manner that will ensure ‘repeatability’ of data, the sources added.

An advanced high-end telemetry system will be used to its full capacity to collect flight data.

During the test, the three-stage, solid-fuelled missile is expected to carry a dummy payload that will be pushed out of canister by a gas generator, which will provide a force equivalent from 300t to 370t.

"The 17m-long Agni-V is an indigenously developed ICBM that can carry a payload of 1.1t."

According to The Hindu, DRDO missile technologists have also conducted two missile-ejection tests from a canister in simulated conditions to evaluate various parameters.

The missile was scheduled to be test-fired from complex-IV on Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast in mid January, but the launch date was deferred because of non-technical reasons.

The 17m-long Agni-V is an indigenously developed ICBM that can carry a payload of 1.1t. It has a strike range of 5,000km.

According to sources, the missile will be inducted by the Indian Army after additional trials..

Image: The Agni-V ICBM displayed at the 2013 Republic Day Parade in India. Photo: courtesy of Robbyrules0510.