India kicks off process to induct its first inter-continental ballistic missile, Agni-V
Twenty years after the Pokhran-II underground nuclear tests, India has commenced the process to induct its first inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on Friday.
Defence officials said that several systems and subsystems associated with the over 5,000 kilometer-range missile are being handed over to the new Agni-V unit raised under the SFC. Once fully inducted, the inter-continental ballistic missile will have the capability to bring the whole of Asia and China as well as parts of Europe and Africa within its nuclear strike envelope.
The nearly 50-tonne Agni-V designed to carry a 1.5-tonne nuclear warhead has been tested five times earlier. The missile was tested in an ‘open configuration’ in April 2012 and September 2013, while it was test-fired from hermetically sealed canisters mounted on transport-cum tilting launcher trucks in January 2015 and December 2016. Earlier on January this year the pre-induction triaL OF Agni-V from a test range off Odisha coast.
India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2500 km to more than 3500km range.
Source:- India TV