Test of Nuclear- Ca­pa­ble Agni-5: Strength­ens India’s De­fence Sys­tem

Alive - - Con­tents - by C.K. Subra­ma­niam

The In­dian sci­en­tists and DRDO re­ally de­serve credit for an­other achieve­ment in the na­tion's de­fence. In­dia suc­cess­fully test-fired its in­dige­nous­ly­de­vel­oped, nu­clear ca­pa­ble, long-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile Agni-5 with a strike range of 5,000 km from Dr Ab­dul Kalam Is­land off the Odisha coast. The sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile was launched with the help of a mo­bile launcher from launch pad-4 of the In­te­grated Test Range at Dr Ab­dul Kalam Is­land in the Bay of Ben­gal. This was the sixth trial of the state-ofthe-art Agni-5. The mis­sile cov­ered its full dis­tance dur­ing the trial which was a to­tal suc­cess.

The flight per­for­mance of the mis­sile was tracked and mon­i­tored by radar, track­ing in­stru­ments and ob­ser­va­tion sta­tions all through the mis­sion. Un­like other mis­siles of the se­ries, Agni-5 is the most ad­vanced with new tech­nolo­gies in terms of nav­i­ga­tion and guid­ance, war­head and en­gine and hence it is a sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess. A spec­tac­u­lar event, let us be

Re­in­forc­ing In­dia’s fu­ture de­fence needs.■The Agni-5 mis­sile is dis­played dur­ing the Re­pub­lic Day pa­rade in New Delhi.

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