Launch of the Agni-5 missile: Amid the eastern Ladakh dispute, India successfully tested the surface-to-surface strategic Agni-5 missile on Wednesday, which can hit targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with an extremely high degree of accuracy. According to officials, it was around 7:50 p.m. when the nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile was fired from Odisha’s APJ Abdul Kalam Island.
To counter China’s Dongfeng-41, which has a range of 12,000-15,000 kilometers, India is working on the Agni 5 program. It aims to improve India’s nuclear deterrence.
India’s declared strategy is to have a credible minimum deterrent that underlies the commitment to ‘No First Use,’ according to a brief statement from the defense ministry.
This intercontinental ballistic missile project has been underway for almost a decade, and seven tests have been conducted so far with Agni 5.
According to people acquainted with the project, it was the first time the missile was tested by a user in the northernmost area of China.
The DRDO-built missile’s successful test-firing came amid a continuing conflict with China in eastern Ladakh’s frontier region.
The 17-meter-tall missile can carry a 1.5-ton warhead on board.
The missile was tested for the first time in April of that year, and the last time was about three years prior.
According to the ministry, solid-fuelled three-stage engine power the missile. It has a range of 5,000 kilometers and excellent accuracy.
According to the individuals listed above, the missile’s successful test firing opens the door for its inclusion in the Strategic Forces Command, which oversees India’s strategic assets.
These missiles, known as Agni 1 through 4, range from 700 kilometers (km) to 3,500 kilometers (km). It was the Agni 5 project’s goal to make India more nuclearly capable of deterring China.
For the first time in June, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired a new generation of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.
The ‘Agni Prime missile features numerous cutting-edge technologies, such as improved engine systems, unique guidance and control mechanisms, and advanced navigation systems.