New Delhi, Sep 14 (): India will test-fire the 5,000 km-plus range Agni-V missile for the second time on September 15. It would be tested from Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast, about 200 km from the state capital, Bhubaneswar.
The Agni-5, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), can carry nuclear warheads of over 1000 kg to a distance of 5000 km. The Agni-5 is a three-stage missile aimed to carry a 1.5-ton warhead, even a nuclear warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometres and it is the furthest reach among all Indian missiles. It is about 17 meters long, two metres wide and weighs 50 tons.
The first test of this indigenously built missile, with a range of more than 5,000 km, was carried out successfully from the same site on April 19, 2012 and the missile had travelled the desired distance in just 20 minutes.
The scientists said “If the weather cooperates, the test is likely to be carried out Sunday, we are also hopeful of a successful trial this time.”
“Preparation in the Integrated Test Range has reached a final stage and the missile and its sub-systems have been put to last-minute check. As it is a developmental trial, the missile system and battery of networks associated with the test are to be validated before going for final launch,” the official said.
DRDO is expected to conduct at least three more tests and after that, this latest Agni-5 missile system will be ready to be inducted into the India’s strategic forces.
After successful tests, Agni 5 will be inducted into the military equipped with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicles (MIRVs) for shooting multiple warheads at the same time. In 2015, it is hoped for introduction of the Agni 5 into the Indian armed forces.