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