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India successfully test-fires Agni-5 missile

April 19, 2012 08:30 IST
India on Thursday successfully test-fired the Agni-5 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, which was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The missile was test-fired from Wheeler Island in Odisha at 8.05 am.

Agni-5, with a range of over 5,000 km, is a three-stage, all solid fuel powered, 17-metre tall missile with capability to carry various forms of payload.

It can be launched from land-based mobile platform and has the capability of hitting multiple targets.

The successful test launch of the missile is a major leap forward for India in the area of military technology and military deterrent capability, making it the fifth country in the world to possess such a technology.

Only the United States, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM.

In November last year, DRDO had successfully test fired the 3,500 km range Agni-4 missile giving muscle to India's deterrent capability against its military adversaries.

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