India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V

India has successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni-5 ballistic missile from a canister at the Abdul Kalam Island.

“We have successfully launched nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today,” ANI quoted defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman as saying.

“The high speed on board computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus guided the missile flawlessly,” said an official of Defence Research and Development Organization

Once the Agni-V is inducted, India will join the super-exclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500km) alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.

The three-stage, 17-metre tall, two-metre wide Agni-5 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.

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