by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

Once more Agni-5 successfully launched

The 2nd test of Agni-5, the IRBM nick named China-Killer was launched today from Wheeler Island, off Odisha coast.

The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 08:50 IST.

Weighing about 50 tons, the 17-metre-long Agni V is a three-stage IRBM capable of carrying a 1.5-ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometres. Currently, India's longest-range missile is Agni III, with a range of about 3,500 kilometres.

Last year, when Agni V was test-fired for the first time, its guidance system worked perfectly. A few more tests will be conducted before the missile's induction, which is as far away as 2017.

You can read about
  • the anticipated launch last year here,
  • about the delay and the actual range of Agni-5 IRBM on a map here, and
  • on the successful launch here.
Here is a YouTube video of the screengrabs on today’s launch.

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