Agni-V, the indigenously developed long range ballistic missile that can carry nuclear weapons, was successfully test-fired from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast at 11.18 a.m. on Monday.
This is the fourth success in a row for the Agni missile series that can take out targets about 5000 km away. The previous tets were carried out on on April 19, 2012, September 15, 2013 and January 31, 2015
The missile lifted off from a canister mounted on a huge Tatra truck. A gas generator at the bottom of the canister ejected the 17 m-long, three-stage missile weighing 50 tonnes.
This Agni-V is the most advanced, having some new technologies incorporated into it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
A canisterised launch from a truck gives the missile flexibility of movement and reduced reaction time. The missile can be made vertical in three minutes.