India successfully test fires Agni-V missile

Agni II
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Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday test fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V, which can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The firing took place from the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast.

A Defence Ministry official said the pre-induction test of the highly sophisticated and world class game-changer missile was successful.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

It has a range of 5,000 km and can reach the northern most parts of China. Agni-V can carry a nuclear or traditional warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.

With Agni-V, India has joined the US, Russia, the UK, France and China, all of which boast having ICBM capabilities.