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India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5 ballistic missile

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 03 Jun 2018, 03:26:40 PM
India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5 (File Photo)

New Delhi:

India on Sunday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5 off Abdul Kalam Islands on the Bay of Bengal in the eastern state of Odisha.

The surface-to-surface home-grown Ballistic missile, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, was fired from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9.48 am, according to defence sources.

"The longest range nuclear capable missile was test-fired clear sky and started rising exactly the way it was designed for," India's Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) was quoted by local media.

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"The flight performance of the missile having a range of 5,000 km was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission," they added.

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-5. The missile covered its full distance during the trial which was a total success, they said.

The first test of Agni-V took place in 2012. Post that the ICBM Agni-V has been tested in 2013, 2015, 2016 and January 2018.

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First Published : 03 Jun 2018, 01:22:27 PM