Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5 Successfully test-fired by India (Download PDF)


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India successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5. The missile was test fired successfully from the launch complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

Nuclear capable ballistic missile

Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile

Nuclear capable ballistic missile

About Agni-5 Missile

  • Agni 5 is three-stage solid propellant ICBM indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Unlike other missiles of Agni series, Agni-5 is the most advanced having new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
  • It is about 17 metres long, 2 metres wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
  • This is the fourth developmental and second trial of the long range missile.
  • The missile is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 kilometres with nuclear warhead carrying capacity of more than 1 tons.
  • It can hit most northern parts of China and other parts of Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • It carries Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRV) payloads.
  • A single MIRV equipped missile that can deliver multiple warheads at different targets.
  • It is also incorporates advanced technologies involving ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance.
Missile range Agni-V missile

Missile Range Agni-V Missile

Missile range Agni-V missile


  • Weight: 50,000 kg
  • Length: 17.5 m
  • Diameter: 2 metres (6 ft 7 in)
  • Warhead: Nuclear
  • Warhead weight: 1,500 kilograms (3,300 lb)
  • Engine: Three stage solid fuel
  • Transport: Road or rail mobile
  • Operational range: Over 5,000 kilometres (3,100 mi) Upto 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi)
  • Designer: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • Manufacturer: Bharat Dynamics Limited
  • Unit cost: ₹50 crore (US$7 million)
Location of Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island

Location of Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island

Location of Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island

- Published/Last Modified on: December 26, 2016


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