India gets ballistic missile

India gets ballistic missile

Watch India fire new nuclear-ready missile capable of striking China

The missile was sacked from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha in the morning, reported CNN. The current missile used a canister launcher mounted on a mobile platform and was sacked from the Integrated Test Range's No. 4 launch pad.

India says it has successfully test-fired its most advanced long-range intercontinental ballistic missile.

The missile test is another step forward toward its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC), said the TOI. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Once the weapon becomes operational, this will catapult India in a special league of countries - the US, UK, Russia, China and France - that possess missiles with a strike-range of more than 5,000km. This range was not sufficient to reach targets on the extreme eastern and north- eastern region of China. Its innovative technologies include composite rocket motors, guidance ring-laser gyro-based inertial navigation systems, micro-navigation systems and accelerometers to measure its acceleration and detect any change in its vehicular motion.

The Agni-V was last tested on December 26, 2016, which was then described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage missile. The military now uses the Agni-1 (range of 700 km), Agni-2 (2,000 km), and the Agni-3 and Agni-4 (2,500-3,500 km).

The missile, earlier, has been successfully tested twice from mobile launchers and once from a hermetically sealed canister.

The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away.

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