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  • The indigenously built Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-V has been test-fired successfully from Abdul Kalam island under  Chandipur Interim Test Range.
  • This is the fourth successful test of this missile. Previously the test of Agni 4 was unsuccessful. It can carry both nuclear and traditional weapons.

Agni V Missile – Important Facts:

  • Agni V ballistic missile is the brainchild of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is the most advanced in the series.
  • Agni-V is a nuclear capable long-range missile with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
  • The three stage, 17- meter tall, two-meter wide Agni-V missile has a range of 5000 km.
  • It can carry a nuclear warhead weighing up to 1.5 tonnes.
  • Agni-V uses Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System RINS. It is the most modern and gives very high accuracy.
  • The Micro Navigation System or MINS helped the missile reach its target with precision.
  • Other features of Agni- V missile include a high speed on- board computer, fault tolerant software and a robust reliable bus.
  • The advanced computer and the inertial navigation system are the highlights of the missile as they aid in precision of the path.
  • The missile is highly reliable, has longer shelf life and enhanced mobility compared to the other versions.
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