India set to test launch Agni-5 ICBM on Monday
By The Statesman
26 December 2016

BALASORE, India (The Statesman/ANN) - India is scheduled to conduct a test of its surface-to-surface Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday. 

India is set to test its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) 'Agni-5' from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on December 26, according to PTI as reported by The Statesman.

Range co-ordination has reached its final stage for the fourth test of the Agni-5 missile, Defence Research and Development Organisation sources said.

If everything goes according to plan, the missile may be test launched tomorrow, according to the sources.

The three-stage, solid propellant missile is to be test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range, the sources said.

It will be fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the long range missile. While the first test was conducted on Apr 19, 2012, the second test was carried out on Sept 15, 2013 and the third on Jan 31, 2015, from the same base.

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 kilometres (km). It 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.

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

Several newly developed indigenous technologies were successfully tested in the first Agni-5 trial. The redundant navigation systems, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System had ensured the Missile reach the target point within few metres of accuracy.

The high-speed onboard computer and fault-tolerant software along with a robust and reliable bus guided the missile flawlessly, an official said.

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

After some few more trials, Agni-5 will be inducted into service, according to sources.

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