New Delhi: India on Thursday successfully carried out the night trial of the Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile which can hit targets beyond 5,000 kms, news agency ANI reported citing sources.
The test was carried out to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which is now lighter than before, defence sources said, adding that the trial has proved the capability to enhance the range of the Agni-5 missile.
India today successfully carried out the night trials of the Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile which can hit targets beyond 5,000 kms: Defence sources pic.twitter.com/AniA4Xgzdy
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The launch was carried out around 5.30 pm from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha.
Sources told news agency ANI that the missile has been made lighter by adding lighter composite material which will enable the missile to go longer ranges.
The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy, according to the Defence Ministry.
The ministry further stated that the successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’.
The trial took place amid heightened tension at the China border in Arunachal Pradesh following a clash between the troops of the two countries in the Tawang sector last week.