The night trials of Agni-5 missiles were carried out successfully on Thursday, said defense sources. The tests were conducted from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The Agni-5 is a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that can hit targets beyond 5,000 km.
The test was carried out to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which is now lighter than earlier, ANI quoted the defense sources as saying. Since the trial was successful, this proves the capability to enhance the range of the Agni-5 missile, if required.
The missile test came days after Chinese aggression at Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector. Chinese troops tried to “unilaterally” change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control in the Yangtse area last week but their efforts were foiled by the Indian Army.
The Indian authorities had issued a notice declaring the Bay of Bengal as a no-fly zone ahead of an Agni-V ballistic missile test scheduled for December 15-16.
Agni V is India’s long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of hitting a target up to 5,000 kilometers away with pinpoint accuracy. This range puts almost the entire country of China within the missile’s range.
Sources said the missile has been made lighter by adding lighter composite materials which would enable the missile to go longer ranges. India had launched the last Agni-5 test in October 2021.