In yet another achievement in missile technology and military deterrent capability, this fast growing super power country, India will go for a test fire its 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5 today from a test range off the coast of Odisha.
It is said in reports that the test fire of the Agni-5 missile will be done today from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha.
All the required measures have been completed and remaining are in their final steps to conduct maiden flight of the missile. The decleration was made to media that the officials from Defence Ministry.
While talking to media, DRDO Chief V K Saraswat said, “The missile is being integrated at various facilities for the test launch which will be witnessed by military officials and other agencies which participated in its development.”
On the other hand, countries such as United States, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM.
Further, DRDO aims to conduct more such tests of the missile in the coming one year of period, after monitoring and examining the required measures in each subsequent trial.
Mr. Saraswat said, “On the timeline fixed for fully developing Agni-5.” He told media that another one year of testing will be involved.
In November 2011, DRDO had successfully test fired the 3,500 km range Agni-4 missile providing high power to India’s deterrent capability against the military adversaries.
In addition, the DRDO has developed all the required tolls to generate data on the trajectory as well as flight of the missile and other needed data which will be quite useful for test in the coming period of time.
Talking to media about Agni-5, an official said, “Agni-5 will be a three-stage, all solid fuel powered, 17-metre tall missile with capability to carry various forms of payload.”