Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V test-fired

Phillip Cunningham
January 19, 2018

It had previously tested the missile on 26 December 2016 off Wheeler Island on the Odisha coast.

The New Indian Express reported that the Agni-V is India's first intercontinental range ballistic missile with the capacity to reach all Asian countries and parts of Africa and Europe.

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Agni-V, off the coast of the eastern Odisha state on Thursday morning.

The three-stage, 17-metre tall, two-metre wide Agni-V, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.

Referring to Doklam, Mr Narang told CNN it was "hard to not wonder whether this test and its timing were meant as a signal to China on that end".

Tension flared a year ago between the two neighbors over a long-disputed section of their border high in the Himalayas.

Defense officials say that in Thursday's launch, the missile followed its entire trajectory in a textbook manner, dropping three motors at predefined stages into the Bay of Bengal.

The move is seen as part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China, Reuters said.

Still, the Agni-V has not yet officially rotated into the menagerie of missiles in the employ of India's Strategic Forces Command, which manages the country's nuclear weapons stockpile.

The first ICBM marks a giant leap in India's defence sector and this is also a significant step in deterring China along the embattled border.

The missile can be deployed from mobile launchers and can even be hidden in a railway wagon.

According to Yvonne Chiu, a professor of at Hong Kong University, said that India's nuclear missile development could in effect have spurred Pakistan into the arms race.

The Agni 5 - Agni means fire in Hindi - is about 55 feet long and was developed in India.

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