India launches Agni 5, longest range nuclear missile

The missile can hit northern parts of China. The surface-to-surface missile developed by DRDO is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away. The missile is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes

India launches Agni 5, longest range nuclear missile

India  test fired surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile 'Agni-5' off the coast of Odisha at Kalam Island  . It is  the fourth and final test of intercontinental ballistic missile . The missile can hit northern parts of China. The surface-to-surface missile developed by DRDO is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away.

The missile is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne. The first missile of the series, Agni-I was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and tested in 1989.


Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one 'Agni-5' is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

A Lot of new technologies developed indigenously were successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial.

The very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) had ensured the Missile reach the target point within few metres of accuracy.

Unlike other missiles of Agni series, the latest one 'Agni-5' is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with with 2,500 km to more than 3500 km range.