The test-firing of India’s most formidable ballistic missile, Agni-V, which can carry a nuclear warhead weighing about 1.5 tonnes over a distance of 5,000 km and plus was done from the Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast recently.
A missile launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher gives it operational flexibility. The bouquet of five Agnis form the bulwark of India’s nuclear deterrence capability. While Agni-I has a range of 700 km, Agni-II 2,000 km, and Agni-III 3,000 km, Agni-IV can take out targets 4,000 km away.
Significance of Agni-V