India set to test new Agni V missile on Wednesday


India’s indigenously developed nuclear capable ‘Agni-V’ ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 5,000 km is ready for the launch and the trial is likely to be held on Wednesday from the Wheeler Island off the Orissa Coast.

A senior ITR (Integrated Test Range) scientist told, “If everything goes as per schedule, the trial is likely to be taken up on Wednesday from the launch pad-4 of the ITR.”

Agni-V is designed and developed by country’s Defence Research And Development Organization (DRDO) scientists and is scheduled to be launched from a mobile launcher. The three stage missile is 17 metres tall and 50 tonnes in weight. Its three stages are powered by solid propellants.

According to DRDO scientists, Agni-V ballistic missile will have the capacity to carry a nuclear warhead weighing over one tone. It would be put into test for the first time with some advanced and indigenous technologies with the support of a mobile launcher.

If the trial of Agni-V missile is successful, it will club India into a select band of countries in the world to possess the technology for Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM).

The first trial of Agni-IV on November 15, 2011 was highly satisfactory in terms of its control and guidance system.