India successfully test-fired surface-to surface ballistic missile, Agni-5, from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha today.
In a strong message to its neighbouring country China, India launched the Agni-5 missile which uses a three-stage solid fuelled engine and is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy.
The missile broadly falls into the category of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. The launch took place at 7:50pm today.
The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have “credible minimum deterrence” that underpins the commitment to “No First Use.”
The missile is the bedrock of India’s nuclear deterrent along with submarine-based nuclear missiles, which had not yet been tested to anywhere close to this range.