India Test Fires Agni V (ICBM): Entire China could soon be soon in Strike zone
India test fired Agni V on Thursday 18/01/2017 at 9.53 am from the Abdul Kalam island, off the cost of Odhisa. Agni V is a three-stage, nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It is a 17-metre long missile with a payload of 1.5 tonnes. Agni V is a part of the Agni missiles series of India.
It was the first pre-induction trial of Agni V with a range of over 5000 km. It brings all of Asia China under its nuclear strike capability. Sources said that Agni V will go under one more pre-induction test within the year. After that test, India will be among few countries with long-range nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles possession.
The first test of Agni was conducted on 19 April 2012. The second one on 15 September 2013, the third one on 31 January 2015, the forth on 26 December 2016 and the fifth one is on 18 January this year. India did not take any ICBM test in 2017. US, Russia, China and North Korea had all test-fired ballistic missiles in 2017.
Agni V was launched from a canister, integrated with the mobile sophisticated launcher. The canister based launcher makes it deadlier as it gives flexibility to the armed forces to transport and fire it from anywhere they want. When it was fired it zoomed at a height of 600 km. In its parabolic trajectory, it traced 4,900 km towards Australia in the Indian Ocean within just 19 minutes.