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India test launched Agni 5 today (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Missile Testing)

India tested Agni 5: 
India tested its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5’ from the Wheeler Island (APJ Abdul Kalam Island) off Odisha coast.
This was the fourth test of Agni-5 missile. While the first test was conducted in April 2012, the second test was carried out in September 2013, and the third in January 2015.

Significance of Launch:
This is the second time that Agni-5 has been launched from a canister. Ability to launch from a canister adds to the flexibility to launch missile from any base without sophisticated capacity.

Specifications/About Agni 5:
1. The indigenously-developed Agni 5 is a surface-to-surface missile 
2. Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km. 
3. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. 
4. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Present status of Agni Missiles:
The present armoury of Agni series includes:

1.    Agni-1 with 700 km range
2.    Agni-2 with 2,000 km range
3.    Agni-3 with 2,500 km range
4.    Agni-4 with 3500 km range

After some few more trials, Agni-5 will be inducted into the services. 



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